DENVER, CO — East Denver will be banging Wednesday night, and the cops know all about it. In fact, it will be police themselves who will be firing live gunshots in certain neighborhoods to test the expanded gunshot detection system, police said.
On April 4, between 7:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., DPD will be conducting live-gunfire testing of the recently-installed equipment. Residents in the East Colfax, Lowry, Montclair and South Park Hill neighborhoods may hear gunshots from the live-gunfire tests. The locations of the gunshot detection devices are not publicly disclosed.
According to a police statement:
The gunshot detection system uses a network of acoustic sensors to detect when a gun is fired and then precisely and quickly pinpoints the location of the gunfire. In less than a minute, ShotSpotter notifies 911 dispatchers of the incidents. By quickly notifying police with the precise information, the system helps to speed police response, has the potential to save lives, increases weapons-related arrests, and enhances neighborhood safety. While this gunshot detection system is very effective, DPD still encourages the community to report sounds of gunfire.
That doesn’t mean officers will be firing guns into the air willy-nilly. Officers will use a bullet trap on firearms. No bullets will be fired into the air or ground, and there is no danger to the public. DPD selected the hours of 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for testing because most shootings and shots fired incidents occur at night and in the early morning hours, and acoustics are different at night.
DPD began using gunshot detection technology in early 2015. Since then, the system has alerted to 3,380 gunshots resulting in approximately 102 arrests and 84 guns recovered, police said in a press release.
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