Sensors help Birmingham police monitor celebratory gunfire

Sensors help Birmingham police monitor celebratory gunfire

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Dispatchers always closely monitor the ShotSpotters but New Year's Eve is expected to be very active. Source: WBRC video Dispatchers always closely monitor the ShotSpotters but New Year's Eve is expected to be very active. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Birmingham dispatcher Jaquese Davis expects to hear more gunshots and fireworks in the upcoming days.

As we draw closer to New Year's Eve gunshots are a common sound and one ShotSpotters around the city are picking up.

"Towards the end of the year it's going to pick up all the gunshots all the fireworks," said Davis.

Thanks to the sensors located around the city of Birmingham police are better equipped to find the location shots or fireworks are set off and catch whoever is doing it.

"It will give the address. It gives the global map and I will zoom in and it will show me where, if it's in a big field. It will show me where or if it's around a house or the location, it will show me where," said Davis.

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Because of the sensors' extreme sensitivity a spotter can pick up a sound even if it's not in the location of the action. Another plus with the sensors is it draws attention to an area even when a citizen is too afraid to call it in.

"It helps a lot because the citizens, this goes out first. Sometimes citizens may not want to call in so if they don't call in it's okay because the shot spotter picked it up," said Davis.

Not only does the ShotSpotter help locate illegal activity but Davis said it could be a lifesaver.

"Even if someone has actually been shot on these calls we get them there in a timely manner and maybe we can cave them by getting them to a hospital," said Davis.

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