KC Wants to Expand Gunfire Detection System
KANSAS CITY - Kansas City officials are hoping to expand a new gunshot-detection system that pinpoints the location of gunfire.
Police say the new ShotSpotter gunfire detection system implemented in a small area of the city in October has led to several arrests. The system directs officers to within 25 meters of the shooter's location when the gun was fired and tells police how many shots were fired.
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II helped secure $720,000 in federal grant money, which will pay for the system for five years, in a partnership with transit officials.
The Kansas City Star reports that Cleaver says he plans to seek additional funds to expand the program. Police Chief Darryl Forte says he's already identified four areas of the city for possible expansion.