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Denver Police to Calibrate Gunshot Detection System on Wednesday

Denver, CO – Tuesday, May 26, 2020 – On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, between approximately 4:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., the Denver Police Department (DPD) will conduct live-gunfire tests in several locations around downtown and Capitol Hill to calibrate its gunshot detection system.

DPD’s gunshot detection system uses a network of acoustic sensors to detect when a gun is fired and then accurately determines the location of the gunfire. In less than a minute, the vendor (ShotSpotter) notifies 911 dispatchers and patrol officers of the incidents. By quickly notifying police with detailed information, the system helps to speed police response, has the potential to save the lives of shooting victims, increases weapons-related arrests, and enhances neighborhood safety. This system is part of DPD’s comprehensive gun violence reduction strategy. 

The live-gunfire tests will consist of a sequence of gunshots followed by validation of sound detection by the system. During the tests, a bullet trap will be used to ensure public safety -- no bullets will be fired into the air or ground, and there is no danger to the public. 

While this gunshot detection system is very effective, DPD still encourages the community to report sounds of gunfire by calling 720-913-2000.