Bridgeport police installing ShotSpotter response system

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Bridgeport police are installing a system called ShotSpotter to allow officers to respond to gunfire the moment it breaks out.

As soon as a gun is fired anywhere in the city, ShotSpotter alerts dispatchers at the 911 center and officers on patrol.

The automated system uses computerized sensors placed on buildings and lamp posts throughout the city to detect gunfire.

Officials say the setup will be integrated into the city's new Next-Gen System, which Mayor Joe Ganim unveiled Thursday. They say Next-Gen computerizes 911 dispatching, links first responders and improves information sharing, dramatically reducing response time and improving public safety.

Police say the ShotSpotter system and Next-Gen will work together to make Bridgeport a safer place to live.

Officials say the $180,000 ShotSpotter system will go online this summer. Next-Gen became operational on Thursday.

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