Gun shots and sirens…
Those are not usually good signs.
“I do hear gun shots quite a bit,” says Chelsea Moody.
Kathryn King adds, “I would like to hear less of them.”
In District III, Council Member James Clendenin says his district is ready for change.
“We are doing it because we have some of the highest rates of shots fired in those particular areas of the city.” Clendenin adds, “This is the perfect proving grounds for this new technology.”
The new technology he’s talking about is a shot detection technology using microphones, that will be installed in District I and District III in the orange.
“This is just one of those technologies that I think is going to be pretty important to keeping our citizens safe,” he says.
Safer, by leading police to areas where gun shots happen, faster.
“We have heard them and then we hear police like five minutes later searching around. It would be nice if they knew exactly where to go,” says King.
How does it work?
Strategically placed microphones in certain areas of the city which triangulate the sounds of a gun shots. The program leads police to the exact spot. Councilman Clendenin says a company is in town right now installing the new technology that he and some Wichita believe can be a game changer in safety.
“I think anything that reduces crime I am ok with,” says King.
Moody adds, “There needs to be some more safety around town. I mean we hear random stuff all the time.”
Right now this is a pilot program that Wichita police have funded through a grant given by the U.S. Department of Justice. We reached out to Wichita police who say they are not yet ready to talk about the new technology.