San Antonio Debates Value of ShotSpotter Technology

Two city council members have questioned whether the gunfire-locating technology is effective in reducing crime. The Texas city has been testing the technology in two neighborhoods for the past year.

Two San Antonio city council members are questioning the value of SpotShotter, the subscription system that dozens of American cities use to detect the location of gunshots, reports KHOU-TV. Councilman Cruz Shaw said he does not favor an extension of the city’s $270,000 trial of ShotSpotter when the contract expires. For the past year, the pilot program has been pinpointing gunshots in two areas, east San Antonio and on the west side.

“I think we need to reconsider the effectiveness of the ShotSpotter program since it has shown to lead to almost no arrests,” Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales said. Shaw said, “We need to be pro-active, not reactive.” In a statement, the San Antonio Police Department said, “We are continuing to evaluate the program’s effectiveness as there are a few months left on the contract.”