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ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System

Award Information

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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.

As gun related violence continues to plague the Trenton community, the Trenton Police Department is continually looking for ways to directly reduce such crime. Therefore, the City of Trenton will use their FY 2009 Congressionally Selected Award to purchase a ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System to use in their enforcement efforts to curb violent crime, specifically related to guns and gunfire. The implementation and use of the ShotSpotter changes the way law enforcement agencies respond to and investigate gunfire incidents. The system provides law enforcement with the precise location of gunfire events and captures and permanently stores the event as heard by the censors. It also provides situational awareness to the officers prior to arriving on the scene, which enhances officer safety. With the ShotSpotter, incident information is readily available to field units and command and control centers via IP-based beta works.


Date Created: September 20, 2009