A few years ago, a handful of U.S. cities started using a technology called ShotSpotter. It's a system that alerts police whenever a gun is fired, thanks to a series of special listening devices stationed throughout a city or patrol area. (That way, officers can respond faster to incidents.) KCPD is working on a proposal to get ShotSpotter technology for the city's Green Impact Zone and made a presentation today to the city's public safety committee.
Officials are seeking federal grants to help pay for the project, which would cost about $2 million. If it gets approved, ShotSpotter could be installed by fall 2011.
Tony's Kansas City had the news first, though he's skeptical of whether it'll do much good.