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Fresno City Council Hears Call For "ShotSpotter" System, Says Yes

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Joe Moore
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Valley Public Radio

The Fresno City Council has approved a request by Police  Chief Jerry Dyer for funding to install gunshot detecting microphones in a three square mile section of the city.

The system, called ShotSpotter, uses the microphones to triangulate the location of gunshots so police can respond. 

Company CEO  Ralph Clark says the system greatly improves a department’s ability to respond to gunshots.

Clark: “70-to-90-percent of the time, people don’t call 911 when they hear gun fire in these underserved communities, which is quite tragic. So the first thing is they have much more complete awareness of illegal gunfire.” 

The contract would cover three years of service, and be funded by a grant the city had previously been awarded.

Jeffrey Hess is a reporter and Morning Edition news host for Valley Public Radio. Jeffrey was born and raised in a small town in rural southeast Ohio. After graduating from Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio with a communications degree, Jeffrey embarked on a radio career. After brief stops at stations in Ohio and Texas, and not so brief stops in Florida and Mississippi, Jeffrey and his new wife Shivon are happy to be part Valley Public Radio.