New York Police Begin Using ShotSpotter System to Detect Gunshots

1) The problem is Safety. New York City has an unsustainable history of gun violence.


  • NYPD is leveraging a sensor based detection system, called ShotSpotter, that identifies location of gunfire
  • ShotSpotter is currently used in several major cities throughout US (e.g., Washington, Boston, San Francisco, etc.)
  • The two-year pilot program in NYC will cost $1.5 million per year
  • ShotSpotter’s accuracy is verified through analysts in ShotSpotter’s headquarters and by detection through at least three sensors

3) The major stakeholders that will need to use this technology are the NYPD, NY Emergency Services, and the Mayor’s Office.

4) The steps in deploying this technology are:

  • Step 1 – Decide on the optimal location of the sensors throughout the 5 boroughs so that the NYPD has maximum coverage throughout the city (i.e., the NYPD should be able to be aware of all gunfires throughout the city)
  • Step 2 – Prepare and propose budget given estimated number of sensors, expected maintenance fees, and roll out costs.
  • Step 3 – Roll out a pilot program in a single neighborhood and evaluate the performance of the devices and verify quality. After pilot period, roll out to all boroughs.

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