NYPD begins ShotSpotter pilot program in Brooklyn, the Bronx

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THE BRONX (PIX11) -- A high-tech pilot program will help the NYPD identify where shots are fired without the help of 911 calls.

ShotSpotter uses a series of sensors that act like a GPS triangulation, to pinpoint the location and direction of the gunfire. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Brattton announced the pilot program Monday, which is being tested in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Within minutes of the system being activated in Morris Heights early Monday morning, gunshots were recorded. “That shooting occurred at 1:12 hours at 228 West Tremont Ave. The shot count there was three. There were no 911 calls associated with it,” said Jessica Tisch, deputy commissioner for information and technology.

Bratton said he expects the numbers of shootings citywide to increase due to gang activity and marijuana trafficking. “It will enable us to respond to shooting incidents in a more timely manner, and provide us with the ability to help victims, solve crimes and apprehend dangerous suspects more quickly,” Bratton said.

ShotSpotter has been used by police in Nassau County, Washington, D.C. and Oakland, Calif. Data from those cities, show 75 percent of shootings that occur go unreported to 911.

Bratton was on the board of ShotSpotter, which is based in California, before he rejoined the NYPD.

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