Thursday, June 30, 2011

Report: NYPD Tests Out Gunshot Tracing Cameras

The New York City Police Department is reportedly getting some new technology to help identify the source of gun shots.

The Daily News reports sound sensors have been installed on some cameras on the streets and at housing projects in Brownsville.

The cameras alert police monitors if shots have been fired, and automatically rotate and zoom to the area where it believes shots originated.

Photos can be taken of suspects and transmitted to officers within seconds.

Detractors say other sounds like firecrackers can be mistaken for gunshots, and officers would end up being dispatched needlessly.

Supervisors will evaluate the sensors' effectiveness before deploying the technology further.

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