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That’s the actual subhead in a press release from Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans‘ office. Luckily, the statement redeems itself by presenting some real news (as opposed to the recent “[Kwame] BROWN BAGS IT FOR PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS“.)
Residents in Shaw have been begging for ShotSpotter since the dawn of the police listervs, or at least it feels that way. Here’s a little sample:
“What bothers me almost as much as the repeated gunfire is that residents (myself included) seem to have gotten so accustomed to hearing it that it may not even get reported. One more reason that we need to get ShotSpotter deployed so that the police aren’t dependent on sometimes not-very-precise reports from residents.”
Now, apparently, the wait is over.
Evans Welcomes ShotSpotter to Shaw
Criminals Beware: ShotSpotter Technology Up and Running
(Washington, DC) After months of working with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Councilmember Evans would like to inform residents that the long awaited ShotSpotter technology has finally been installed in Shaw.
“On one hand I’m glad to see that ShotSpotter is up and running, but on the other, it’s a terrible situation that we need this technology in and around the Shaw neighborhood,” Evans said. “ShotSpotter is not an end-all to crime prevention. It is another tool our MPD force will have at its disposal to more efficiently identify and respond to criminal activity, and a welcomed tool it is. We’ve added another layer of both eyes and ears to DC’s crime fighting forces on the streets.”
The ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System utilizes technology to detect weapons-fire events over large, complex environments. The technology can be paired with already existing police cameras to make those devices more effective as well. ShotSpotter products range from systems for public safety agencies and 911 dispatch centers (which instantly identify, locate and give a visual of the location of a gunshot event in an urban area) to fully mobile, inter-networked wireless systems for the military that are capable of detecting and locating many types of weapon events in various environments.