OAKLAND (KCBS)— At a cost of over a quarter-million dollars a year, some on the Oakland Police Department think ShotSpotter, the gunfire detection tool, is too expensive and may have run its course. The City of Richmond, however, says it can’t do without it.
While Oakland has expressed interest in spending the money on other technology, Richmond’s police department said the system has been a valuable crime-fighting tool.
“I believe it’s even helped with one or two of our homicide cases in the past on locating evidence. It’s definitely a tool that we use on a daily basis,” Richmond Police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.