Denver Police look to extend contract for ShotSpotter gunshot detection technology

Total contract is worth $648,909
Posted at 9:36 PM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 00:42:30-04

DENVER -- A gunfire detection system covering 11 square miles in Denver will continue to provide police with valuable information.

Denver City Council reviewed an amendment to the current ShotSpotter contract; the extension is worth $123,909 and would be good through the end of 2018.

The technology alerts police to gunfire, allowing them to pinpoint the location of a gunshot within 82 feet of an incident.

"There have been several instances where offices responded and were able to get to victims in a more timely manner," said Lt. Aaron Sanchez with the Denver Police Department.

In the two years since ShotSpotter has been in place, police say it has been tied to 100 arrests.

Councilman Paul Kashmann believes the investment is worth it in the name of public safety.

"This program from everything we’ve been able to see is extremely effective," said Kashmann.

According to council, the program is paid for though a federal grant and money from the Denver Police Department's general fund. The total contract is worth $648,909.


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