GPD uses new ‘ShotSpotter’ technology designed to make the community safer

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The Greenville Police Department is now using a new gunshot detection system, designed to make our community safer.

The ‘ShotSpotter’ system went into effect last Thursday.

The technology tracks any outdoor gunfire, sending crucial information to police within 30 – 45 seconds.

This helps them get on the scene immediately, even before 9-1-1 calls are placed when minutes truly matter.

Rounds of gunshots, ring out hundreds of times a year in the City of Greenville.

“When you have that level of gunfire, 500 to 1,000, year after year after year, you have to do something about it,” said Chief Mark Holtzman. You just can’t accept that as normal for your community.”

Now Greenville police are using a new system called ‘ShotSpotter’ — helping them better respond to shots fired.

Sensors detect gunfire immediately, sending that information to officers phones.

Thanks to ‘ShotSpotter’ intelligence, Officer Nick Carnevale made an arrest in a shooting on Kennedy Circle this week.

“It helps us in jury trials, it’s one thing to tell a jury there were two shots fired, but it is another thing to be able to play the recording for them, and the intensity of it,” said Pitt County District Attorney, Faris Dixon.

Greenville police said the goal is to reduce crime and injuries by at least 30% in the City of Greenville.

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