Gunshots that ring out in East Palo Alto in the future will be tracked by an automatic system that will locate where the shots were fired, decreasing police response time to shootings.
The ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System will be installed by ShotSpotter, a Mountain View company, over the next few months, according to company spokesman Gregg Rowland.
Installation of the system is being funded by anti-crime grants received by the city, assisted by the East Palo Alto Safety Committee, a volunteer organization.
"The use of Shotspotter technology will enable officers to respond to gunshots within seconds and respond to exact locations versus general areas," Police Chief Ron Davis said. "This will dramatically increase the officers' ability to arrest the suspect, recover firearms and provide aid to gunshot victims."
The Mountain View company will first install its system in a portion of the study as a test run and then expand it to the entire city, said Douglas McFarlin, ShotSpotter senior vice president for engineering.
"We are very excited about the system's potential and for the opportunity to have our city serve as a test site," East Palo Alto Safety Committee member Letticia Rayson said.