Increased gun violence in north Minneapolis and a call for added protection has police asking to expand the ShotSpotter program. The City Council will vote Friday to provide extra funding to expand the program that officers say is a valuable crime fighting tool.
Minneapolis Police will conduct a calibration test of its ShotSpotter technology Monday night in two precincts. According to police, testing will occur in the Folwell and Central neighborhoods, respectively in the 4th and 3rd precincts. The Folwell testing starts at 7 p.m., and the Central testing starts at 8:15 p.m. In each test, 25-50 shots will be fired for calibration purposes. Guns will be fired by officers in to a bullet trapping system, which safely absorbs bullets fired at close range.
Authorities have identified the man who was shot and killed Tuesday morning on the city’s south side.
It seems like a simple equation: more police on the streets equals less violence.
It was a first for the city of Minneapolis’ ShotSpotter technology: too much activity on New Year’s Eve brought it to a complete stop.