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University of Maryland installs Shotspotter gunshot detection technology

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- University of Maryland College Park is taking precautions to ensure, if that if there were an active shooter on campus, they would be prepared to respond in seconds.

The technology that was installed to enhance police response time is ShotSpotter.  ShotSpotter is used in the District and in major cities all over the nation, but UMD is only the fourth college to try the technology.

“One of the most frequent questions I get from visiting moms and dads is how prepared are you for somebody who comes on campus with a gun?” said Chief David Mitchell with University of Maryland Police Department.

He said with Shotspotter, UMD is more prepared now, than ever.

“It detects gunfire when it occurs, and reports it directly to our 9-1-1 call center within 30 seconds,” said Chief Mitchell.

Shotspotter uses hidden microphones and cameras to detect gunfire.  The technology records information and cuts response time, when every second counts.

“It will distinguish between guns, so it will tell us exactly how many guns are being fired, and it will pinpoint precisely where the gunfire is occurring,”  Mitchell explained. “It takes on average, two minutes to get a 9-1-1 call on an active shooter situation, this reduces that timeframe to 30 seconds.   It enhances our response time, gets us on the scene quicker,” explained UMD Chief of Police.