COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Columbus police are testing a new technology that will help officers pinpoint the location of where gunshots were fired. The Hilltop is the first neighborhood in Columbus to get the new technology.
The technology is called ShotSpotter, a system that has been used across several Ohio cities and has proven to be successful.
It used to take hours and days for officers to figure out where gunshots were fired. They may now take seconds to locate.
Shotspotter is a gunshot detection system that recognizes the location of gunfire by using sensors in an area of about 3 square miles.
“I’ve dove to the floor a few times over the past years, said Lisa Boggs, resident in the Hilltop neighborhood.
Lisa Boggs has lived in the Hilltop for 29 years. She says it’s normal to hear gunfire.
Boggs recalls an incident that occurred back in December 2016. A man was found shot in an alley on Harris Avenue and later died.
Columbus please say the incident provoked a standoff at a home with someone who was possibly involved in the shooting.
Boggs says if ShotSpotter had been available, maybe police could have located the victim faster.
One life saved will be worth any amount of money spent on this technology, said Boggs.
Several Ohio cities, including Youngstown, Canton, and Cincinnati, have added the technology.
We know about 85 percent of more shootings then we use to know about,” said Sargent Jennifer Mitsch, with the Cincinnati Police Department.
Cincinnati police went live with the system in August 2017. Since the addition, the department says they are down at 42 percent in shootings in the ShotSpotter’s coverage area.
Cincinnati plans to expand the technology throughout the city.
“Now we know exactly where to go. We can go in tactically, said Mitsch.
The city has set aside $685,000 to pilot the program.
Police were out testing the system Monday but did not want to release the location of the ShotSpotter.