ShotSpotter system could soon come to Bakersfield

Technology could direct law enforcement to where shots are fired

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It's called ShotSpotter: A system of dozens of sensors that can immediately tell police exactly where gunshots are coming from.

Soon, the Bakersfield City Council will vote on installing the technology in areas of concentrated gang violence.

Over 70 sensors would be installed in a three square mile area of concentrated gang violence from Brundage Lane to Bernard Street and Chester Avenue to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin also gave an update on the department's efforts to curb gang activity in the city during Thursday morning's gang report. 

There have been 42 gang-related shootings in the greater Bakersfield area. That's down from 73 in 2016.

The special enforcement unit seized 265 firearms off the street. That's a new record, beating last year's total of 245.

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