(Cincinnati,OH) - The Cincinnati Police Department will be conducting live fire testing of the ShotSpotter for the Price Hill expansion project on July 8,2019. This testing will be done for the sole purpose of assessing the quality of gunshot detection.
The testing will take place and operate in the neighborhoods of East Price Hill, West Price Hill and Lower Price Hill in District Three. The testing area will be closed off and away from the public and presents no danger to the public. To ensure the safety of the public, Cincinnati Police will be stationed at each testing site and no bullets will be discharged in the air but bullet traps will be used.
ShotSpotter gunshot detection uses a network of acoustic sensors to detect when a gun is fired and then precisely and quickly pinpoints the location of the gunfire. ShotSpotter has the potential to save lives by alerting 911 dispatchers of the exact location within less than a minute.
The initial implementation of the ShotSpotter occurred in August of 2017 in Avondale. As a result of the ShotSpotter crime has declined in that area by 42% and CPD has responded to over 900 alerts.
Any questions regarding this exercise should be referred to Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate at (513)352-3515.