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San Diego Police Department: Gunshot Detection

Illustration of how gunshot detection would function in an urban area
Sensors triangulate the location of gunfire.
Credit: ShotSpotter/City of Seattle
Agency San Diego Police Department
Location San Diego, CA
Technology Gunshot Detection
Vendor ShotSpotter

The San Diego Police Department installed ShotSpotter gunshot detection systems in Valencia Park, Skyline, O’Farrell and Lincoln Park in 2016.

More about this technology

Gunshot detection is a technology law enforcement uses to receive alerts on where gunfire may occur in neighborhoods. This technology relies on a series of acoustic sensors mounted on street lights or on the sides of buildings. When a loud noise triggers the sensors, software triangulates the estimated location of the gunfire.

Illustration of how gunshot detection would function in an urban area
Sensors triangulate the location of gunfire.
Credit: ShotSpotter/City of Seattle