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Little Rock approves new gunshot detection system

ShotSpotter (Source: ShotSpotter.com) ShotSpotter (Source: ShotSpotter.com)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Little Rock officials have approved a contract to install a gunshot detection system police say will help them better investigate gun violence.
    
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the city's Board of Directors voted unanimously last week in favor of a $290,000 agreement with ShotSpotter. The two-year contract is funded by a U.S. Department of Justice grant.
    
ShotSpotter immediately alerts police with a timestamp and geographic location when a shot is fired within range of one of the system's small acoustic devices. Police say the system can help officers investigate gun violence without requiring participation from people in those areas.
    
The system will cover a 2-square-mile (5.2-square-kilometer) area of the city. Police will install 15-20 acoustic devices per square mile but haven't the exact locations of each sensor.
    
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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