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Thursday, June 30, 2016

WPD gets new gunfire detection system

WPD gets new gunfire detection system

The Wilmington Police Department recently acquired a new gunfire detection system, called ShotSpotter, using a federal grant program.

The ShotSpotter uses sound to identify where gun shots are fired. Sensors, which are guaranteed to be accurate within 80 feet, have been placed throughout the coverage area.

Since using the new device, WPD has made 11 arrests related to gunfire and the number of gunfire-related calls has decreased 48% from its peak in November, 2011. 

An example of the area ShotSpotter sensors can cover. Click to enlarge.

An example of how a WPD officer sees a red dot to locate where a gun has been fired. Click to enlarge.

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