ShotSpotter: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is using technology to curb crime in Belle Glade

BELLE GLADE, Fla. -- The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has again turned to technology to help curb crime.

On Wednesday, the sheriff's office said information from ShotSpotter, a network of sensors that can pinpoint the precise location of gunfire, had helped deputies capture two men the sheriff's office said had shot at each other.

The technology, which was deployed in July, is able to pinpoint the location of gunfire anywhere in the city, the sheriff's office said.

"It is kind of hard for the sheriff's [office] to solve cases when they don't have eyewitnesses or witnesses don't come forward," Rev. Robert Rease of St. John First Missionary Baptist Church said. "I think the quicker they can respond to an incident the better the chances of solving it and finding the perpetrator."

Belle Glade is the second city in Palm Beach County where ShotSpotter is being used.

In 2010, the city of Riviera Beach deployed ShotSpotter.

The sheriff's office said the technology, which will cost about $100,000 per year to operate, is money well spent.

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