L.I. Community Installs ‘Shot-Spotter’ System

HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – Shootings and killings have become a common nightmare among residents in Huntington Station since last summer, but now there’s a new fight against crime in the Long Island community.

The police department there installed the “Shot-Spotter” system, allowing police to know in seconds where a shot was fired.

WCBS 880 Reporter Sophia Hall learns about the Shot Spotter System

“It is estimated that over 700 lives have been saved nationwide because of Shot-Spotter,” said Suffolk County legislator Jon Cooper, who pushed for more than a year for the system. “I think it’s going to make a dramatic difference here in Huntington Station.”

Officials hope the system will allow suspects to be caught within a much shorter time frame—a big relief for residents like Matt Harris.

“We lost a school building because of gun-related violence. What we need to do is make sure that doesn’t occur,” Harris said, referring to Jack Abrams Intermediate School, which the school board voted to close in July 2010.

It was at Jack Abrams where a 16-year-old girl was shot in the leg also in July 2010.

Cooper hopes this kind of violence will stem as a result of the system’s installation.

“Perception is everything,” Cooper said. “Any level of violence is unacceptable.”

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  • Harry Callahan

    Silencer sales will be up..marvelous

  • jamie

    How were they able to save 700 lives? Who were those 700 lucky people? Is it possible that the police got there before the bullet hit the target?

  • your mom

    as an american who left to live in Europe ten years ago…its news articles like this one, that just reassure me i did the right thing for my kid.

  • KPMc

    What the heck is it? Wouldn’t that have been good info to include with this article? What did they “install”?

    • Steve M.

      Yes that would’ve have been nice…I think it’s some type of computerized system that monitors sound; specifically the waveform of a gunshot. It then automatically notifies the police of the specific neighborhood location…

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