Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
Chief of Police
Armando J. Perez
For Immediate Release
December 12, 2018
For More Information:
Terron Jones (203) 576-7201
Bridgeport Police to Live-Fire Test ShotSpotter Gunshot Detection, Notification, Alert Technology This Evening
Bridgeport, CT— Bridgeport Police Department will be conducting a live-fire test of the ShotSpotter gunshot detection service on the evening of Wednesday, December 12th. The purpose of the test is to verify all ShotSpotter systems are operating as expected and guide any final adjustments before activating the service. The ShotSpotter service is not considered live and operational until the successful completion of the live fire test.
Bridgeport Police will be onsite at all test locations to ensure conditions for testing are safe. The controlled tests will consist of a sequence of gunshots fired at close range into a bullet trap. No bullets will be fired into the air and there is no danger to the public.
ShotSpotter uses a wide-area network of acoustic sensors to detect when a gun is fired and then precisely and quickly pinpoints the location of the gunfire. In less than a minute, police officers and 911 dispatchers are notified of the fully qualified and validated gunfire incidents, even if no one calls 911 – although the community is always encouraged to report sounds of gunfire.
By quickly notifying police in the event of gunfire, ShotSpotter helps speed that response with precise information in order to save lives.