City Council to Vote on Expanding ShotSpotter Program in North Mpls.

Updated: 06/10/2014 7:23 AM
Created: 06/09/2014 6:41 PM
By: Brad Sattin

The Minneapolis City Council is expected to vote this week to provide additional funding to expand the police department's ShotSpotter program.

The devices around the city pick up the sounds of gunshots and relay their exact locations to police, allowing officers to get to the scenes of crimes quicker.

Police say the ShotSpotters have been responsible for solving murders and collecting evidence since they were put into operation in 2005.

While the city keeps the number of devices and their locations confidential, Commander Scott Gerlicher of the Strategic Information Center with the Minneapolis Police Department says the new devices, if approved by council, will double the coverage area of North Minneapolis, where they are needed most.

The city also utilizes about 200 surveillance cameras. While not directly integrated with ShotSpotter, when gunshots are heard through the system, officers can immediately turn a camera onto the scene if one is nearby.

The city currently has a contract to keep the program running for approximately $300,000 over the next three years.

Minneapolis City Council will vote on Friday to expand the program at a cost of an additional $300,000.

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