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Saginaw Gunfire Detection Project Phase II

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $200,000)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

The City of Saginaw will provide funds to the police department to purchase and install the second phase of their gunshot location system. The system deploys 16-24 acoustic sensors in and around a one square mile area. Sensors from the system then detect sound associated with gunfire. These sensors are linked wirelessly to police dispatch and, upon detection of gunfire, will allow immediate police response. The system differentiates the noise from fireworks and automotive sources, reducing unnecessary dispatch of police units. Firearm discharges are then triangulated to within 10 feet for a police unit response. Placing the sensors and validating the accuracy, coupled with police response and media coverage, will dramatically and measurably reduce the number of shots fired in targeted areas. This project will enable the department to work more efficiently and better utilize law enforcement resources to curb the problem of gun violence.


Date Created: September 1, 2009