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Shotspotter gunshot detection system coming to Bakersfield

Detects illegal gunfire incidents in real time
Posted: 5:06 PM, Dec 13, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-14 01:55:24Z

Bakersfield Police will be getting new technology that will help them track down people who fire guns in town.

BPD received a grant that will help pay for the Shotspotter gunshot detection system.

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The technology helped Fresno Police find a gunman earlier this year and BPD says it could help solve crimes here as well.

The system activates during gunfire through microphones placed around the city. It records for six seconds total and then sends officers and dispatchers GPS coordinates of where the shots were heard.

"If individuals know officers are going to be at a location a lot sooner, hopefully, that's enough of a deterrent for them to say, 'I'm not going to shoot somebody right now," Bakersfield Police Sgt. Ryan Kroeker said. 

While it's not yet clear when exactly the system will be installed, police said they already know where it will be installed. That information has not yet been released.

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The department previously looked at getting the Shotspotter system back in 2015 and the plan was presented to City Council.