Columbus residents await ShotSpotter technology

Columbus Police will soon get some high-tech help where devices can pin point the locations of gunshots and city residents welcome its arrival. (WSYX/WTTE)

Columbus Police will soon get some high-tech help where devices can pin point the locations of gunshots and city residents welcome its arrival.

ShotSpotter technology will be rolled out in early 2019 in Linden, south Columbus, and the Hilltop.

Earlier this year, Columbus City Council approved $685,000 for a one year pilot program.

Hilltop resident Bill Huffman welcomes the new technology.

"Any tools they can give the police department and help them solve the crime that's being committed out here in the Hilltop, they should be given everything available to them,” said Huffman.

In Linden, Thell Robinson is founder of “Halt Violence,” a group that aims to end gun violence.

Robinson, a Washington, D.C. native noticed a difference in crime when the technology was introduced there.

"The numbers are nowhere near where they was in the early nineties compared to now,” explained Robinson.

According to the Columbus Safety Director’s office infrastructure is being put in place now for ShotSpotter’s 2019 roll out.

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