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Pittsfield Police Tests ShotSpotter System With Gunfire

ShotSpotter can locate gunfire anywhere in the city.

During a citywide alert phone call, Lieutenant Gary Traversa said the ShotSpotter has the potential to speed up police response time. That is once it’s fully installed.  

ShotSpotter uses a wide-area network of acoustic sensors to detect when a gun is fired and then precisely and quickly pinpoints the location of the gunfire. In less than a minute, officers and 911 dispatchers are notified of the fully qualified and validated gunfire incidents, even if no one calls 911."

The drill will test and further calibrate the network’s detection system. 

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