Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee is asking the Detroit City Council to approve a $2.6 million contract for a gunfire detection system he says will help his department combat violent crime.
The ShotSpotter system would use strategically placed sensors around the city to detect gunfire, triangulate the location and determine the type of weapon that was used.
If approved, Detroit would sign a three year-lease with SST Inc, a California-based company that would install the ShotSpotter system in two trial areas of the city encompassing roughly 6-square miles.
Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown is preparing to vote against the contract, suggesting that the police department does not have the resources in place to utilize the technology.
“The weakest link in this is finding a car to send,” Brown said this morning on WJR-AM 760. “We have 911 runs that are backed up, probably right now, because we don’t have enough officers on the street to respond to them.”
Source: Jonathan Oosting for MLive.com.