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UPDATE: Walker signs bill expanding Milwaukee ShotSpotter program

UPDATED Friday, April 10, 2014 --- 12:08 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill designed to help Milwaukee police detect more gunshots.

Police Chief Edward Flynn and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett were on hand as Walker signed the measure Friday.

The law gives the department $175,000 in state aid to expand the ShotSpotter program. The system of audio sensors captures the sounds of gunshots and transmits their location to officers.

The system currently covers three square miles. Police want to use the state money and a matching $175,000 in the Milwaukee County budget to cover 10 square miles.

Flynn says the system allows officers to respond in a matter of minutes. He says that helps officers arrive with time to gather evidence and secure the scene. He says a rapid police response also reassures neighbors.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, April 10, 2014 --- 9:35 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker plans to sign a bill into law designed to help the Milwaukee Police Department quickly detect gunshots.

Walker was scheduled to sign a bill Friday that gives the department $175,000 in state aid to expand the ShotSpotter program. That is a system of audio sensors that captures the sound of gunshots and transmits their location to officers.

The system currently covers three square miles. Police want to use the state money and a matching $175,000 in the Milwaukee County budget to cover 10 square miles.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Milwaukee Police Department's gunshot sensor system is one step closer to expanding.

The state Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would give the department $175,000 in state aid to expand the ShotSpotter program, a system of audio sensors that captures the sound of gunshots and transmits their location to officers.

The system currently covers 3 square miles. Police want to use the state money and a matching $175,000 in the Milwaukee County budget to cover 10 square miles.

The Assembly passed the bill overwhelmingly in February. The Senate's unanimous vote passing the bill now sends it to Gov. Scott Walker.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 1, 2014 --- 11:13 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate is ready to vote on a bill that would help expand the Milwaukee Police Department's gunshot sensor system.

The Republican-authored bill would give the department $175,000 in state aid to expand the ShotSpotter program, a system of audio sensors that captures the sound of gunshots and transmits their location to officers.

The system currently covers 3 square miles; police want to use the state money and a matching $175,000 in the Milwaukee County budget to cover 10 square miles.

The Assembly passed the bill overwhelmingly in February. The Senate is set to take up the bill Tuesday, the last day of the two-year legislative session. Approval would send the bill to Gov. Scott Walker.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 8:03 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Milwaukee Police Department would get state dollars to buy more gunshot sensors under a bill the state Assembly has passed.

The Republican-authored measure would hand the department $175,000 in state aid to expand the ShotSpotter program, a system of audio sensors placed in neighborhoods that captures the sound of gunshots and transmits their location to officers. Police say the system allows them to respond quickly to crime scenes and analyze patterns.

The sensors currently cover 3 square miles; police want to use the state money and a matching $175,000 in the Milwaukee County budget to encompass 10 square miles.

The Assembly passed the bill 95-1. The proposal now goes to the state Senate.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 6:23 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Milwaukee Police Department would get state dollars to buy more gunshot sensors under a bill the state Assembly is set to take up.

The Republican-authored measure would hand the department $175,000 in state aid to expand the ShotSpotter program, a system of audio sensors placed in neighborhoods that captures the sound of gunshots and transmits their location to officers. Police say the system allows them to respond quickly to crime scenes and analyze patterns.

The sensors currently cover 3 square miles; police want to use the state money and a matching $175,000 in the Milwaukee County budget to encompass 10 square miles.

The Assembly's criminal justice committee approved the bill unanimously last week. The full chamber is slated to vote on the proposal Tuesday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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