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Sacramento Expands ShotSpotter Program To Oak Park

Randol White / Capital Public Radio

Mobil version of the ShotSpotter software used by officers in the field.

Randol White / Capital Public Radio

A listening tool that helps police zero in on locations where guns have been fired is expanding to a third Sacramento neighborhood.

Last night the City Council approved a plan to install ShotSpotter technology covering nearly two-square miles in the Oak Park area.

Detective Eddie Macaulay with the Sacramento Police Department says the expansion comes after recent shootings and requests by community leaders.

He says, for those who prefer beat cops over technology, this deal will be a benefit as well.

"With this technology comes an additional four officers that are solely dedicated to the ShotSpotter program in Oak Park," Macaulay says. "When those officers aren't repsonding to ShotSpotter activations, they will be working in that specific area to be proactive, handle community complants, and interact with the community in a positive way that we neccesarily wouldn't have had."

Macaulay says the four officers are already employed by the department, so these will not be new hires.

The city already has a total of six-square miles of ShotSpotter coverage in Del Paso Heights and South Sacramento.

The expansion is a joint effort with the Sacramento Sheriff's Department. It will cost the City $138,000 for the first year.

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