City Launches Gun Shot Detection Technology

Safer Birmingham Partnership, a joint partnership between West Midlands Police, Birmingham City Council and other leading public and voluntary sector agencies, is leading the way in the UK’s fight against gun-related crime.
It launched a new operation, known locally as ‘Birmingham Safe and Sound’, which is designed to combat gun-related crime in the north-west of the City.
The operation relies upon sophisticated communications technology, designed by US based firm Shotspotter Inc, which can detect gun shot fire within a 25 metre radius from up to two kilometres away.
The Shotspotter Gunshot Location System has already been used for a number of years across America and has played a significant role in reducing gun crime and apprehending offenders.
Birmingham will be the first city in the UK to install the technology, which demonstrates its innovation and on-going commitment to ensuring that gun crime across the city remains low.
Performance data illustrates that the City has recorded year on year reductions in levels of gun related crime since 2007/08, and we are confident that this technology will play an important role in ensuring we continue to achieve those reductions.
Cllr Ayoub Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said, “The launch of Birmingham Safe and Sound demonstrates our resounding commitment to tackling gun crime in Birmingham. As one of the safest cities in the UK, it is vital that we do everything we can to make sure that Birmingham continues to be a place where residents and visitors to the city can be safe and feel safe”.
Chief Superintendant Chris McKeogh of West Midlands Police said, “This technology will enable us to respond faster and more effectively to firearms incidents, therefore minimising the harm to local communities and maximising the opportunity to seize illegal firearms, catch offenders and potentially save lives.
A further advantage of this technology is that it enables us to deploy officers more effectively to scenes of crime. This technology will tell us how many firearms have been discharged prior to officers arriving at the scene which enables us to maximise the safety of our officers and the public”.

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