Buffalo Police Starting to Use Audio Surveillance

BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo police are now trying out a new crime fighting tool that can immediately let police know when there's a shooting and get this -- it can even track the bullets that were fired.

The new crime fighting tool uses both cameras and microphones to piece together shootings. Buffalo police has purchased equipment from a company called Safety Dynamics, which is based in Arizona.

Police are using equipment from the company that can determine which way bullets travel and possibly, what caliber the bullet is.
Not only that, the equipment can immediately tell police where shots are being fired.

"There is police work that is done very overtly, high visibility, and there is work that is done covertly through surveillance," said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

Police have been testing the equipment for about six months. Mayor Brown says that the technology is usually placed at intersections where shootings are frequent. Officials say the equipment costs about $250,000. The city won't say how long it plans to test the technology.

"We're looking at the data right now, making sure that it is a good fit, if it is a good fit and the police department approves of it then we will expand it to other parts of the city," Brown said.

Barry Covert, a criminal defense attorney says that audio of how bullets travel in a shooting would be admissible in court. What wouldn't be allowed in court are recorded conversations.

"That would be a violation of the eavesdropping rules, what I've seen from this technology so far, there has not been a concern that the technology is picking up human voice recordings," Covert said.

Police say they wouldn't talk on camera with us until their testing phase is done. Gunshot detection technology has been successful in other cities across the country like Oakland, Boston and New York City -- alerting police quickly to shooting scenes. At least two police departments in the Midwest have considered dropping the technology saying it's too expensive.


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