Greenville to test ShotSpotter system Friday

(Morgan Newell, NewsChannel 12 photo)

A North Carolina city has scheduled a live-fire gunshot event to test a system which detects when a gun has been fired.

The city of Greenville says in a news release that the exercise is scheduled for Friday at 5:30 p.m. The controlled test will consist of gunshot sounds followed by validation of quality detection by ShotSpotter. According to the news release, the system isn’t considered live or operational until the event is successfully completed.

Greenville police will staff all test locations. A bullet trap will be used to ensure public safety and no bullets will be fired into the air. The city says there is no danger to the public.

ShotSpotter uses a wide-area network of acoustic sensors to detect when and where a gun is being fired.

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