State Democratic Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) has authored legislation that could provide law enforcement agencies with grants to pay for gunshot detection systems.
The technology called, ShotSpotter, relies on networks of sound sensors that are placed strategically throughout a community that allows for the swift triangulation of gunshots to provide officers with GPS coordinates, when a shooting occurs. Reports indicate the coordinates can be provided quickly—often within 30 to 45 seconds.
The system uses powerful audio sensors placed at least 30 feet above street level, according to a report by The Los Angeles Times. It can be mounted on street lights, roof tops, etc. Once the sensors pinpoint where a sound came from, the information is forwarded to a review center staffed by employees of SST Inc., the company that developed and maintains the system. The contractor’s employees decide whether the pinpointed sound was gunfire.