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Breaking the Barrier: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Abandons Gunshot Detection System in Favor of Smart Tasers

BySamantha Jones

Mar 28, 2024
IMPD Decides Not to Pursue Gunshot Detection Technology

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) has recently decided not to move forward with implementing a gunshot detection system, after a 9-week pilot program that tested three different vendors on the city’s near east side. Following an evaluation of the results, Chief Chris Bailey determined that it would be more beneficial to invest in other impactful and fiscally responsible solutions for law enforcement.

According to Chief Bailey, a report compiled by an academic partner and an IMPD working group found that gunshot detection technology provided the same amount of evidence as a 911 call. While some systems tested allowed for faster response times by officers, the report did not take into account external factors that could affect response times, such as officers’ locations when calls were dispatched.

Despite this decision, IMPD remains committed to investing in various other technologies to enhance public safety in the city. These include public safety cameras, mobile trailer cameras, B-link technology, automated license plate readers and other proven tools to combat and deter crime. These advancements have been shown to significantly improve patrol efficiency and effectiveness as well as aid detectives in solving crimes.

The $1 million initially allocated for gunshot detection technology will now be redirected towards investing in “Smart Tasers”, a less-lethal method for officers to use against violent offenders. This decision aligns with the guidelines set out by the American Rescue Plan Act which provided funding for this purpose.

By Samantha Jones

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