Bakersfield City Council approves ShotSpotter expansion

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Bakersfield City Council voted unanimously to expand the city’s ShotSpotter detection system. The council approved a three-year agreement with ShotSpotter Technology, Inc., as well as an expansion of the system to cover an additional 3.19 square mile area.

The gunshot detection system was first implemented in 2018 and is used by the Bakersfield Police Department to respond to shooting locations more quickly and accurately.

As a result of the ShotSpotter program, 37 guns were confiscated in the first year and 50 people were arrested in connection to 33 different crimes, according to BPD.

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