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Shot Spotter Pilot Program Coming To Sacramento


Sound from 60-70 microphones in Del Paso Heights will pick up sounds. The sound of gunfire is supposed to alert a private firm, who then would alert police.


Dozens of microphones will be installed in the Del Paso Heights area of Sacramento over the next three months. Tuesday night, the City Council approved a request by the Sacramento Police Department for $150,000 to install the microphones as part of a gunshot-identification pilot program.

Sacramento Police Department Captain Dave Risley says a private company, SST will monitor the microphones.

"They can identify gunshots and distinguish between gunshots and other noises because of the unique signature that gunshots produce. And then that information is transferred from a live person who analyzes the information and sends it to our dispatch center and simultaneously to the police patrol cars."

Risley says Del Paso Heights has the most reported gunshots of any area in the city.

Stockton and San Francisco already have permanent gunshot-identification systems. 

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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