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What Durham can learn about ShotSpotter from Charlotte and Wilmington

In June, the Durham City Council voted down a proposal to adopt ShotSpotter, a unique audio system that detects gunshots. But that hasn’t deterred Mark Anthony Middleton, a city council member who insists the technology will help the city deter its rash of shootings.

But is ShotSpotter as good as Middleton claims? Staff Writer Swathi Ramprasad spoke to officials in Charlotte and Wilmington and found very different experiences.

In Wilmington, they like ShotSpotter so much they are expanding its use. In Charlotte, it didn’t live up to billing and the city canceled the contract.

Above, a screenshot of a ShotSpotter display. Photo provided by ShotSpotter