Newsom urges release of funds
for gunfire detection system
Mayor Gavin Newsom
By Maya Strausberg
September 13, 2007
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and members of the San Francisco
Police Department yesterday urged the Board of Supervisors to
release funds totaling $400,000 for a ShotSpotter system.
The ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System would use sensors in
the Northern and Bayview police districts, as well as the administrative
offices of the Bayview and Northern police stations and four supervisory
patrol cars, to detect and locate gunfire within seconds.
The funds in question were put on reserve by the Board earlier
this year, pending a funding plan. The Mayor's Office said that
it will present a funding plan in the coming weeks.
The money would be used to cover the cost of the purchase, setup,
training, monitoring and coverage of the ShotSpotter.
Currently the system is being used in 17 U.S. cities, including
Los Angeles, Redwood City and Oakland. It can detect shots fired
within one to two miles of the sensors.
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