Gunfire heard Wednesday night in some Denver areas could be part of police tests

Gunfire heard Wednesday night in some Denver areas could be part of police tests

Residents of some Denver neighborhoods may hear gunfire Wednesday night as police carry out controlled tests as part of the ShotSpotter system.

The gunfire detection tests will happen between 7:30 and 11 p.m. Wednesday in theĀ East Colfax, Lowry, Montclair and South Park Hill neighborhoods, police said.

A network of acoustic sensors detect when a gun is fired, quickly pinpointing the location, and theĀ vendor, ShotSpotter, notifies 911 dispatchers about when and where the shots were fired. The system speeds police response to gunfire incidents, potentially saving lives and increasing arrests for gun-related crimes.

The testing will use a “bullet trap.” To help ensure public safety, no rounds will be fired into the ground or air, police said. The testing is carried out at night because that’s when most illegal gunfire happens and because nighttime acoustics are different from daytime acoustics.

The system, which is expanding into a fourth area of the city, started in Denver in 2015. Denver’s system has alerted police to 3,380 gunshots, resulting in more than 100 arrests and 84 guns seized.

While ShotSpotter has proven effective, police ask the public to remain vigilant and report gunfire to 911.

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