July 13, 2023

To further reduce illegal gun use, the Baltimore County Police Department has partnered with ShotSpotter to utilize its gunshot detection technology. The pilot program will include two police precincts, Wilkens and Essex. The technology uses acoustic sensors that instantly triangulate the sound of gunfire, pinpointing the number of shots fired and location. “I fully support this new technology, Baltimore County Police Chief Robert McCullough said, "I believe it will be a valued resource in assisting the Baltimore County Police Department in combatting gun crime."

Studies show less than 20% of incidents involving a firearm discharge are reported to law enforcement. Through ShotSpotter, officers will be notified within 60 seconds of gun violence occurring, allowing officers to respond quicker and more precisely. That alert is sent by a trained acoustic expert who has reviewed the incident before the notification of law enforcement.

Funding for this project has been provided through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The program is scheduled to launch on Wednesday, July 26, 2023.

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