Community group urges Portland adopt ShotSpotter technology, along with list of ‘violent players’ to help curb shootings

ShotSpotter gun detection technology

ShotSpotter officials have given several demonstrations about the gun detection technology to Portland city officials and police, and members of the Community Oversight Group that monitors the Police Bureau’s new Focused Intervention Team of two sergeants and 12 officers.

A Portland police oversight group on Monday urged the city to adopt controversial ShotSpotter technology that would acoustically track and quickly alert officers to gunshots in Portland as long as the city puts controls in place.

The city also should consider working to identify people who are most at risk of firing on others by compiling something akin to the “Violent Impact Player” list kept by police in Tampa, Fla., the group recommended in a 61-page report. The list could help police identify and arrest “serial trigger pullers” to help reduce ongoing violence, the report said.

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