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Contract up for Troy gun-shot locating system

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TROY, N.Y. - The Troy Police Department's contract with the gun-shot locating system, 'ShotSpotter' ends on December 31st, and will subsequently be auctioned off by the city.

The system was implemented by the department in 2008, with the hopes that it would act as a way to pin-point where a gun had gone off.

When the system was fully installed, the company projected that gun-shots would be located within five to ten seconds, with their exact location showing on a computer screen.

Twenty-five sensors were set up across the city.

The program cost around $250,000 dollars, and was paid for through forfeiture money.

Over the years, Troy Police Officers experienced occasional inaccuracies within the system, later determining that those inaccuracies may pose risks to their officers.

Even though it appeared to be credible at the time of its purchase, ‘ShotSpotter' did not fulfill its expectations within the department, proving itself ineffective.

The ‘ShotSpotter' system is owned by the city, and will be eventually be up for auction.

The dismissal of the ‘ShotSpotter' system by the Troy Police Department is "not an indictment on the system itself," said Captain Cooney.

Instead, the issues may have been caused by Troy's "unique geographical situation."

The auction may occur within January. The date is dependent on legislative decisions.

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