The city of Rockford signed off on a device that’ll allow police to pinpoint where gunshots are fired.

The council Monday night approved buying a ShotSpotter Flex.  It’ll cost $310,000, that includes a yearly subscription, as well as installation and training.  The device can detect gunshots within a two mile radius.  Police Chief Dan O’Shea says it’ll be strategically placed where gunfire is most prevalent.

“ShotSpotter is utilized in many cities across the country,” said O’Shea.  “We know it.  I’ve seen it in other jurisdictions.  I’ve seen it in action.  I’ve seen it work.”

ShotSpotter can put officers within 75 feet of where the shooting happened.  Also, O’Shea warns reports of shots fired will go up, since it can detect shootings that may not necessarily be reported by residents.