Minneapolis Crime Watch beats the local news in both breadth and depth of local crime coverage, so if you’re into that sorta thing, be sure to subscribe to their blog. Here’s a clip from a recent post about early results of ShotSpotter on the North side:
Jordan neighborhood has seen the highest number of ShotSpotter calls for service at 42% of the total ShotSpotter events. As in the Southside neighborhoods, ShotSpotter shows promising initial success. One of these early successes occurred on March 18 in the Jordan neighborhood. Police were dispatched to a ShotSpotter activation in the 2700 block of Knox Avenue North. There they located 19-year-old Jay Kong carrying a handgun. Kong was arrested and has been charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, a felony.
ShotSpotter, for those of you not familiar with it, is a series of gun shot detecting microphones mounted on street poles that automatically detect, report, and triangulate the location of gun shots. Officers can be immediately dispatched to the scene of the gun shot rather than waiting for a neighbor to call it in with varying degrees of time lag and accuracy. It’s been in use in the Phillips neighborhood for 6 months or so.