South Bend Police Division shares if gunshot detection know-how works

Raelynn Lee and Sierra Tufts

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WSBT) – A key device in preventing gun violence, ShotSpotter, is being questioned. Its accuracy has not too long ago been referred to as into query in huge cities across the nation, however South Bend police are defending the know-how.

ShotSpotter has been in South Bend for about 10 years. Now, main cities across the nation have been scrutinizing its accuracy. A New York Police Division audit discovered it to be solely 20% correct.


WSBT22 sat down with South Bend Police Division Chief Kyle Dombrowski to ask why the division believes ShotSpotter is a helpful device, permitting them to battle crime locally.

Seconds matter when officers are wanted, in keeping with Dombrowski. Police have to be alerted as quickly as potential so when pictures are detected it permits them to have an environment friendly response.

“When a gunshot detection is going on, we have to go there as quick as potential, as a result of there could also be proof there could also be victims witness suspects to supply one of the best service that we will so by having the gunshot know-how, we will get to these scenes faster and extra environment friendly as a result of we truly know the final neighborhood of the place that prevalence occurred,” mentioned Dombrowski.

He provides with out the know-how, many incidents could be unknown except heard by residents and reported. The division is all the time in fixed communication with its distributors, in keeping with Dombrowski.

“If there’s any points any successes, any updates so I believe it form of goes all the way down to what businesses are working with them and to what protection there may very well be points climate might play an element, or the dimensions of buildings or sensors or something of that nature,” in keeping with Dombrowski.

Whereas the know-how isn’t all the time good, you possibly can’t put a worth on saving somebody’s life, in keeping with the chief.

“There’s been victims of shootings, the place we have been by no means notified, however due to that shot spotter alert, we have been capable of make the scene and render support and save individuals’s lives…I believe by being fast and environment friendly on a majority of these instances simply builds the belief with the neighborhood.”

In 2019, WANE 15 reported Fort Wayne Metropolis Council was exploring including ShotSpotter know-how to Promenade Park as soon as it opens. On the time, the late Fort Wayne Metropolis Council President John Crawford mentioned Fort Wayne was about three or 4 years away from implementing the know-how.

WANE 15 did attain out to the town to see if ShotSpotter was ever applied. If we obtain a response, we’ll replace this story.

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