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JPD Acquires Shot Spotter System

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The Jackson Police Department has acquired a gunfire detection system, known as Shot Spotter. The Shot Spotter uses a wide-area network of acoustic sensors to detect when a gun is fired and then precisely and quickly pinpoints the location of the gunfire. Although, citizens are always encouraged to report sounds of gunfire, the Shot Spotter system will, in less than a minute, notify officers and 911 dispatchers of the location of the live gunfire. With Shot Spotter quickly notifying police, with the precise information, it helps speed police response, has the potential to save lives, increases weapons-related arrests, and enhances the safety of our citizens and neighborhoods.

This evening, June 25st, 2013, at 7 PM, The Jackson Police Department  will be conducting a live-fire gunshot test in order to test the Shot Spotter system. The test will detect, qualify and validate the system before it goes live and operational here in the City of Jackson. The test validates the sensor calibrations, quality of detection, and identifies any additional calibration of the sensors, if needed.


In the interest of public safety, The Jackson Police Department will be onsite at all test locations. The controlled tests will consist of a sequence of gunshot sounds followed by validation of quality detection by Shot Spotter. During the tests, a bullet trap will be used to ensure public safety. No bullets will be fired into the air and there is no danger to the public. The test should last no more than 1 hour.

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