Shotspotter system could see expansion

By Sherea Harris

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Shotspotter, the system which detects gun fire in Birmingham, could be expanded in the city.

The system could get a 2 million dollar boost from the federal government.

Mayor William Bell and some city councilors went to Washington, D.C. to speak with state representatives. The city leaders asked lawmakers to grant $2 million in funding to help expand the system.

Sgt. Johnny Williams says the additional funding will make it an even more effective crime fighting tool.

"We'll install more censors to help pinpoint gunfire throughout city," said Sgt. Johnny Williams with the Birmingham Police Department. "There are areas that are not well covered by system at this point."

If the funding request is approved the police department would get the money for Shotspotter next year.

In addition to Shotspotter; public transit, public parks and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute could also get additional funding from the federal government.

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