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Image: ShotSpotter; Click to enlarge.

Firing multiple weapons into a sand barrier, a team of police and firearms experts Monday night began calibrating a system of acoustic sensors designed to pinpoint gunshot locations.

“We’ll be testing over the next few days to make sure things are operational,” said New Bedford Police Chief David A. Provencher.

Around 6 p.m., the firearms team began testing the ShotSpotter system by firing several weapons of different calibers into a sandbag barrier built into the rear of a dump truck.

“I want to allay anybody’s fears. This is not something they should be frightened about. These are highly trained, professional people doing this,” said New Bedford Mayor Scott W. Lang.

Lang said the firearms team might be calibrating the ShotSpotter system on other evenings this week. The system is designed to triangulate gunshot locations and report the information immediately to dispatchers.

Lang said the city plans to combine ShotSpotter with cameras.

Source: Brian Fraga for South Coast Today.

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