Ohio Police Say ShotSpotter Technology Could Improve Crime Reporting

Aug 15, 2017

In Avondale, a Cincinnati neighborhood with an "overabundance and saturation of gunfire activity," police have a new way of pinpointing it so they can get any victims to the hospital and collect evidence.

Shotspotter uses sensors on rooftops and street lights to listen for gunfire and notify police in 30-45 seconds. There are 20 sensors per square mile.

Police say this technology could be a game-changer. Avondale's assistant chief Paul Neudigate says 80 percent of gunfire goes unreported.

"One of the reasons that only 20 percent of their calls are called into 911 is community apathy because they feel the police don't care," Neudigate says. "Because most of the time, they call it in, but we really don't know where we're going."

Neudigate says many times officers are guessing at the location and that guess could be blocks away.

But with ShotSpotter, which will be activated by the end of August, police will be able to not only track down suspects, but get a jump on trends and work with the community to prevent the violence.

ShotSpotter may be expanded to other neighborhoods.