Bradenton Police want high-tech system that detects gunshots - WFLA News Channel 8

Bradenton Police want high-tech system that detects gunshots

Posted: Updated:
Shotspotter Facebook photo Shotspotter Facebook photo
BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) - The Bradenton Police Department is looking for a community partner to help pay for a high-tech system that would detect gunshots and help deter crime.

"Shotspotter" uses a series of sensors placed throughout neighborhoods that detect gunshots. The sensors can also pinpoint a gunshot's location, down to a couple of meters. Shotspotter then alerts police dispatchers who send officers to the scene.

The system is also able to distinguish gunshots from fireworks and car noises.

A Bradenton Police spokesperson says the department would like to install the system in neighborhoods located in East Bradenton, an area that has been ridden with crime over the past few years.

Bradenton Police Lt. James Racky said, "Since 2011, January 1st, 2011, we've had 82 gun related crimes in this four mile area."

The spokesperson says when shots are fired some people are hesitant to call 911. Also, if people do call 911, they sometimes don’t know the exact location of where the gunshots came from. But, Shotspotter can solve these problems.

The police department is looking into installing the system in an area spanning from 29th Street East to the Wares Creek area.

This system doesn't only detect loud bangs. It is incredibly precise, and can tell the difference between gunshots, fireworks, and even a car backfiring.

"Once it gets that noise, it's going to be able to triangulate that area precisely to where that shot came from," Lt. Racky said.

It can even pinpoint the location down to a few meters, all without the need for 911 calls.

"The quicker we can get there, and take somebody into custody that has committed a violent crime, the quicker they're off the street," Racky said.

The system comes with a hefty price tag. Police officials say it will cost between $200,000 and $270,000 to implement the system. The department is looking for community partners to help pay for Shotspotter.

Officials from the Bradenton Police Department are hopeful that they can have the system set up by the end of the year.

The Shotspotter is already in use in departments throughout America and in Latin America, and was even used to protect the president during the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Learn more about Shotspotter: http://www.shotspotter.com/

Copyright 2014 WFLA. All rights reserved.


  • Don't Miss ItMore>>

  • VIDEO: Sea turtles hatch in the Keys

    VIDEO: Sea turtles hatch in the Keys

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:27:51 GMT
    Look at them go - these tiny sea turtles hatched in the Keys this weekend.
    Look at them go - these tiny sea turtles hatched in the Keys this weekend.
  • Lakeland man spray-paints garage door with message for thief

    Lakeland man spray-paints garage door with message for thief

    Saturday, July 26 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-07-26 13:53:51 GMT
    Jerry Ashley's message spray-painted on his garage door.Jerry Ashley's message spray-painted on his garage door.
    A Lakeland man, grieving his wife’s passing, has spray-painted his garage door with a message for the thief who stole his late wife’s laptop filled with sentimental photos.
    A Lakeland man, grieving his wife’s passing, has spray-painted his garage door with a message for the thief who stole his late wife’s laptop filled with sentimental photos.
  • Pancake printers at some Alaska Airlines lounges

    Pancake printers at some Alaska Airlines lounges

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:01:24 GMT
    YouTube imageYouTube image
    When you think of airport cuisine, you probably don't think of pancakes but Alaska Airlines is looking to change that with the introduction of pancake printers.
    When you think of airport cuisine, you probably don't think of pancakes but Alaska Airlines is looking to change that with the introduction of pancake printers.
  • Most Viewed Stories on WFLA.com

  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.