LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- With Louisville's homicide rate approaching a record high, LMPD is installing a gunshot detection system in the city's highest crime areas.
Within 60 seconds of a shot being fired, the precise location is sent to officers patrolling the area, so they can check it out. The technology is advanced enough to be able to tell the difference between a gunshot and other similar noises like fireworks or a car backfiring.
“Essentially, the technology is based on a number of acoustic microphones that are set up over a large area of a community. They use a computer system and programming to be able to triangulate where that gunshot was actually fired and that information can be relayed to officers in the field and dispatch centers,” LMPD Chief Conrad said.
The technology is already in place in other cities. It's been shown to help solve cases by providing ballistic evidence.
There are several different systems available. Chief Conrad hasn't made a final decision on which one LMPD will use.
The money for this gunshot detection system was approved in the city budget.