Unsatisfactory Results for Gunshot Detection Technology in Indianapolis: The Police Department’s Rethink on Public Safety”.

IMPD Opting Out of Gunshot Detection Technology

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) has decided not to implement a gunshot detection system technology after conducting a 9-week pilot program on Indy’s near east side. Despite some systems allowing officers to respond faster, the report compiled by an academic partner and an IMPD working group showed that gunshot detection technology yielded the same amount of evidence as a 911 call.

However, this decision does not mean that IMPD is abandoning its commitment to investing in technology to combat and deter crime. Instead, it will redirect the $1 million allocated for gunshot detection technology towards “Smart Tasers,” a less-lethal method for officers to counter violent offenders. This move was made possible by funding from the American Rescue Plan Act and will enhance public safety in Indianapolis.

Chief Bailey noted that while some of the systems tested did allow officers to respond to scenes faster, outside factors such as their location at the time of dispatch were not taken into consideration. He emphasized that his department remains dedicated to investing in proven tools like public safety cameras, mobile trailer cameras, B-link technology, automated license plate readers, and other technologies that have enhanced patrol efficiency and effectiveness. These technologies have helped detectives solve crimes more effectively.

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