Lawmakers propose $175K for Milwaukee's ShotSpotter program

CREATED Jan. 16, 2014

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MADISON -- Flanked by legislators from across the state, MPD chief Ed Flynn welcomed a proposed bill to support crime-fighting technology.

Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochestor) today announced $175,000 for a program called ShotSpotter. Currently, MPD uses ShotSpotter to locate gunfire in city neighborhoods at all times, not just when officers are on patrol.
 
ShotSpotter is an audio-based program that activates with sounds of gunfire.
 
"As Milwaukee goes, so goes the rest of the state," Speaker Vos tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "A safer Milwaukee makes for a better Wisconsin."
 
Ironically, the draft legislation comes a year after the state stripped funding for the program. The extra cash now will expand the coverage area from three to ten square miles.
 
The proposal does not include anything on some of Flynn's previously announced priorities, including state funds to pay officer overtime.