Quincy tests system to locate source of gunfire

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Associated Press

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 6:02 AM

QUINCY, Wash. (AP) — Quincy police say they're the first in the Northwest to test a system that detects and locates gunshots.

The Wenatchee World reports (http://is.gd/nuk3Mp ) the city council approved a one-year $130,000 contract to use the ShotSpotter Flex system for a year. Officials are concerned about gang violence and hope it improves police response.

The system uses sensors to pick up the sound of a gunshot. Computers triangulate the location within a minute and give police a location within 15 feet of where a shot was fired.

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Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com

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