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Friday, November 16, 2012

Thursday shooting missed by ShotSpotter

ShotSpotter is said to have failed to identify gunshots fired
on Madison Avenue Thursday.
For the second time in less than a week, Plainfield's ShotSpotter technology has failed to identify gunshots fired, I have been told.

At least three
shots are said to have been fired at a woman in the 600-block of Madison Avenue Thursday afternoon. Police are said to be looking for her ex-boyfriend as a 'person of interest' in the matter. As of 6:00 PM the block remained cordoned off between West 6th Street and the Congregational Church parking lot.

Sources say ShotSpotter failed to identify the shots fired on Madison Avenue.

I am told that ShotSpotter also did not identify the hail of gunshots in which 19-year-old Keston Alleyne died late Monday afternoon on Randolph Road, not far from Park Avenue.

While Public Safety Director Martin Hellwig has said that the company would delay billing the city until the system is running as agreed, many are asking why the system has not got its wrinkles worked out nearly five months after its installation with much hoopla.

    -- Dan Damon [follow]

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    Anonymous said...

    The question is not whether they will delay billing the City and certainly not "Why after 5 months it's still not working properly. The real question is Why do we still have this piece of junk in this City, return it to vendor, no cost to City due to it's ineffectiveness and be done with it.

    Bob said...

    Only one comment, DROP IT! I don't want my tax money wasted. Hire more police officers.

    Anonymous said...

    Both Marty and his spotshotter need to go.

    olddoc said...

    In all due respect, Randolph RD is out of thee ShotSpotter area. The Madison Ave location is also I believe out of the area so these incidents would not be a system failure. On the other hand I do not believe that it has proven or convinced anyone to be of value except to Hellwig.

    Blackdog said...

    “Humans beings always do the most intelligent thing…after they’ve tried every stupid alternative and none of them have worked”
    ― Buckminster Fuller