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WPD asks for expansion of ShotSpotter technology, more coverage

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department is asking city leaders to approve an upgrade to the ShotSpotter Gunfire Detection System.

The upgrade would expand the technology's coverage to 6 square miles. It would also provide an unlimited amount of licenses, allowing officials to put the technology in more vehicles.

"We realized there's some additional areas of this city that needs that attention," Lt. Kathy Cochran with the WPD said.

According to a memo from Wilmington City Manager Sterling Cheatham, the cost of the additional coverage is $137,500.

However, officials say ShotSpotter is worth the price and have been able to provide more protection for the community because of it.

"Residents would call in and say the shots were fired and a victim would show up at the hospital, and we were left to find a crime scene," Lt. Cochran said. "This really helps us to find it a lot quicker."

Cheatham says the bill will be split between the Wilmington Police Department, the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, and the Wilmington Housing Authority.

The WPD and Sheriff's Office has reportedly been given approval to use awarded JAG Grant Funds in the amount of $80,607, and the WHA will pay directly to Shot Spotter the remaining $56, 893, according to a city council memo.

City leaders will meet to review the proposal Tuesday, March 4.

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