COLORADO SPRINGS – The Colorado Springs Police are conducting more live fire testing on their new gunshot detection system Tuesday night, November 13th, between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
The controlled tests will consist of a sequence of gunshots followed by a validation of sound detection by the system. During the tests, a bullet trap will be used to ensure public safety and no bullets will be fired into the air or ground. During this process, there is no danger to the public. Residents in the Valley Hi, Park Hill, and Pikes Peak Park neighborhoods may hear gunshots from this calibration process during this time frame.
The new “FireFLY” system went through testing in September as well. In partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Department of Defense, the Colorado Springs Police Department would be the first municipality to utilize this specific technology and equipment which was developed for urban use. The system is mobile and it would allow officers to respond much faster to violence involving a gun.
On top of improved response times and more safety, there’s an added bonus here. As a result of this partnership, the City of Colorado Springs will not incur any expenses related to this investigative tool.
The gunshot detection system uses a network of acoustic sensors to detect when a gun is fired and then quickly pinpoints the location of the gunfire before notifying the CSPD. Police say they analyzed reported gun crimes in Colorado Springs and determined the area surrounding the Valley Hi neighborhood, near the intersection of Fountain Boulevard and Chelton Road, has the highest concentration of reported gunfire. Because of that information, that area was chosen for the initial installation and evaluation of the system.
Denver uses a similar system across the city. The “ShotSpotter” program started in 2015. They have four sensors in Denver’s highest crime areas. DPD says it has improved their ability to arrive on the scene of a violent crime much faster.
The Colorado Springs Police want the public to know that they should continue to call them whenever they hear gunshots nearby.