MILWAUKEE (WITI) — It’s not a perfect science, but analysis of police data and some tech tools are allowing Milwaukee police officers to better forecast where they put their resources and perhaps stop crime before it happens.
Police say the ShotSpotter system helps them identify the sounds of gunfire. Noises in high crime areas are sifted through using the special software.
“The acoustic sensors are designed to detect gunfire,” said Lieutenant Chris Blaszak. “You see these very sharp, distinct spikes in sound.”
If the sounds captured by the system match the unique noise and signature of gunfire, squads are alerted. A pinpoint of the area shows up on officers’ computers within seconds.
From there, the data is recorded, allowing police to see where the concentration of shooting is taking place across the city and what time it’s occurring.