The Detroit Police Department has launched a pilot program that uses light pole sensors to pinpoint for police where gunshots are fired.
Since the program began last Monday, ShotSpotter listening technology that relays information to a computer has detected what appear to be 24 shootings, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said.
“We’re still doing some testing to determine if what we’re hearing are indeed gunshots,” Craig said. “There’s a little tweaking that needs to be done yet.”
Vaughn Arrington, 32, who lives on the city’s northeast side in the 48205 ZIP code, which is usually among the areas with the most shootings, said he supports police using ShotSpotter.
“It sounds like it’ll help them catch more people who are firing guns, and that’s a great idea,” he said. “I’m all for anything that will help make our neighborhoods safer.”