Walker signs bill expanding ShotSpotter program

CREATED Apr 11, 2014

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill designed to help Milwaukee police detect more gunshots.
   
Police Chief Edward Flynn and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett were on hand as Walker signed the measure Friday.
   
The law gives the department $175,000 in state aid to expand the ShotSpotter program. The system of audio sensors captures the sounds of gunshots and transmits their location to officers.
   
The system currently covers three square miles. Police want to use the state money and a matching $175,000 in the Milwaukee County budget to cover 10 square miles.
   
Flynn says the system allows officers to respond in a matter of minutes. He says that helps officers arrive with time to gather evidence and secure the scene. He says a rapid police response also reassures neighbors.