The Cincinnati Police Department will conduct a live, controlled gunshot training exercise next week to test ShotSpotter, a new technology that detects gunshots, and according to Forbes Magazine is currently being utilized by at least 90 police departments in the United States.
According to the ShotSpotter company website, the system is “real time intelligence to fight gun violence.”
The system itself looks much like a traffic camera and is mounted in neighborhoods where gunfire is more prevalent. The department testing exercise will take place Aug. 7 through Aug. 11 in Avondale.
This controlled testing is being conducted for sensor calibrations, quality of gunshot detections, and validation analysis purposes, according to a statement released by the police department.
This training exercise presents no danger to the public and the CPD urges residents to not be alarmed the statement said.
To ensure public safety, Cincinnati Police Officers will be on site at all testing locations and a bullet trap will be used. No bullets will be fired into the air, according to the press release.
CPD said ShotSpotter uses a network of sensors to detect when a gun is fired and then precisely and quickly pinpoints the location of the gunfire. In less than a minute, according to the department, officers and 911 dispatchers are notified of the incidents, even if no one calls 911.
CPD did not specify a date when the system will be turned on and start monitoring.