Central Oregon DailyPortland to use microphones to track gunshots

Portland to use microphones to track gunshots

Portland to use microphones to track gunshots

Portland to use microphones to track gunshots

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — To help combat a growing gun violence problem, the mayor of Portland is launching a system proponents say can track the location of gunshots using hidden microphones.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports a panel recommended the city adopt ShotSpotter in a July report.

Stephanie Howard, Mayor Ted Wheeler’s director of community safety, said Thursday the decision to advance a pilot program with the technology was made after Wheeler met with Police Chief Chuck Lovell.

ShotSpotter says it can identify and locate gunshots in real-time using small microphones placed in neighborhoods. Police could then use that data.

Critics say the technology is unreliable.

RELATED: Measure 114 gun control initiative on Oregon November ballot

 

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