The Richmond Police Department is considering shifting money from their body camera program towards installing technology that will automatically report and pinpoint gunfire in Mosby Court.
What a community should expect, he said, is that when gunfire happens, police show up. In most communities where this acoustic surveillance system is used, gunfire is not reported 80 to 90 percent of the time, Clark said.
The technology alone is not going to close a case, Clark said, but he hopes it will help the department build stronger ties in these underserved communities and increase their participation as witnesses.
“ShotSpotter can tell you precisely where the shot was fired, but not who. Only the community can do that,” he said.