Macon-Bibb is the second metropolis within the state to make use of ShotSpotter know-how.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – After a yr of extra murders and gun violence, Macon-Bibb County is taking additional motion to handle the difficulty by introducing a brand new know-how known as ShotSpotter.
ShotSpotters are units that choose up sound from gunshots and may decide whether or not one thing is definitely a gunshot or only a loud sound. As soon as it’s recognized as a gun sound, the sheriff’s workplace will get an instantaneous notification.
“It’s possible you’ll get 10 requires one incident,” Sheriff David Davis mentioned. “So it could appear to be we obtained numerous calls, however it could solely be for one or two incidences. So this may inform us what number of incidents of gunfire we had, and it’ll differentiate so we’ll know that it’s truly gunfire, and never fireworks or the backfire of a automobile or these types of issues.”
Pastor Kenneth McMillan at Hyperlink Baptist Church says he hears gunfire typically sufficient that he can instantly establish the sound.
“The gunfire is completely scary,” McMillan mentioned. “It’s scary while you hear it and while you see it.”
Pastor McMillan says within the Bellevue group the place he works, gunfire occurs on a regular basis, and infrequently with no response from the sheriff’s workplace. He says he’s hopeful tthe new ShotSpotter know-how will get extra eyes on his group and hold weapons off the streets.
“They’ll get numerous data from this space which can assist us, assist the individuals locally, and assist the sheriff’s workplace see what’s occurring as nicely,” McMillan mentioned.
Davis is assured ShotSpotter will assist cut back gun violence across the county and says he absolutely helps the brand new know-how.
Macon-Bibb Commissioners have been in full help as nicely, with zero commissioners voting in opposition.
The county plans to spend $2 million in American Rescue Plan funding to put in and arrange the notification system.
Davis says time will inform if this funding was the precise choice.
ShotSpotter says it’s going to take 4 to six weeks to put in and arrange every system. Sheriff Davis expects the system to be put in by the top of the yr.