Flint to get ShotSpotter technology at cost of $40k - $60k per area per year

The ShotSpotter technology will be installed in high-crime areas next year. /

A piece of technology that Saginaw law enforcement officials say have helped reduce crime is coming to Flint.

Thursday morning, Mayor Dayne Walling announced the ShotSpotter technology system will be installed next year in high-crime areas of the city.

The devices are placed in discreet areas, and allow police to directly pin-point where gunshots go off. The idea is to both prevent shootings with the knowledge that the devices are around as well as help authorities keep an eye on areas where most crimes take place.

The ShotSpotter technology will cost the city about $40,000 to $60,000 per square mile per year, but the city will not have to pay for it for the first 12 months.

Walling would not reveal how the technology is being funded the first year.

"When able, we should not be shy to upgrade our systems, embrace technology and try everything at our disposal to increase public safety and quality of life for our residence," said Detroit FBI spokesman Simon Shaykhet.

On average, Flint 911 dispatchers field more than 20 calls per day of shots being fired within city limits.

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