Gunshot detection system now operational in Rockford

News
D85E6C019D7E4E1798A84994788F96D3_1522440850526.jpg

Police will now be able to respond sooner to shootings in the city of Rockford.

Starting Friday morning, the Police Department began using ShotSpotter, an acoustic surveillance technology that provides real-time data to police as to where and when gunshots are fired. ShotSpotter uses a combination of detection software and sensors placed throughout the city.

It instantly notifies police of gunshot crimes in progress with real-time information delivered to dispatch centers, patrol cars, and even smartphones, with the location, number of rounds fired, and approximate number of shooters.

ShotSpotter is currently being used in more 87 cities, most of which are in the United States.

Police still urge residents to call 911 if they hear gunfire.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest News Video

Trending Stories