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Gunfire detection system leads to arrests in Stockton

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STOCKTON - Stockton Chief of Police Eric Jones said Tuesday morning the gunfire-sensing program called ShotSpotter has worked in his city.

"The intelligence given to us through ShotSpotter has led to multiple arrests of chronic shooters," said Jones.

ShotSpotter has been in use for about six months at no cost  on a trial basis.  ShotSpotter CEO Ralph Clark said he's confident Stockton can obtain funding once the success of the tool is realized.

"There's a lot of resources out there we can tap and we're confident, with this story, people will step up," said Clark.

Clark said other cities using ShotSpotter have received funding from the U.S.  Department of Justice, Department of Transportation and HUD.

A square mile of coverage costs about $55,000 annually. With Stockton still in bankruptcy, it's not expected the city can afford that sort of cost.

ShotSpotter has donated its equipment and manpower to Stockton for the trial period.  Clark said that's because he went to the University of the Pacific in the late 70s and he still has a soft spot in his heart for Stockton.

Jones said it was too soon to know how Stockton will pursue funding for further ShotSpotter use.  The trial period lasts another few months.

By tdaly@news10.net

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