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Police in Wilmington have larger range for ShotSpotter technology

Leaders in the city of Wilmington approved a plan to extend the ShotSpotter technology used by police. Leaders in the city of Wilmington approved a plan to extend the ShotSpotter technology used by police.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT ) – Leaders in the city of Wilmington approved a plan to extend the ShotSpotter technology used by police.

The technology pin points the location of gun fire, and Tuesday's approval doubled the coverage area of ShotSpotter.

Creekwood, Market North and Forest Hills are now included in additional 3 sq. miles of its range.

Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said after the vote that the technology can be effective, but it is not a replacement for cooperating witnesses.

"We need them to be our eyes and our ears, cause they know what's going on in their neighborhood," he said. "That's the only way we can be effective in these neighborhoods."

Evangelous added that the expansion is the direct result of a collaboration with New Hanover County Sheriff's Office and the Wilmington Housing Authority.

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