Stockton approves funding for high-tech crime fighting tool

Stockton City Council members approved the city's annual budget of more than $620 million during its meeting Tuesday night.

The Stockton Police Department budget was allotted funding for a high-tech tool that finds where gun shots are fired. It's called Shot Spotters. It starts with sensors that are placed in high crime areas to help detect gunfire.

Once there's gunfire, Shot Spotter sensors on top of buildings and utility poles can locate shots fired within 5 to 10 feet. The program will cost the city $100,000 to cover and operate within 2-square miles.

"$100,000 to help an entire community is worth it," Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva said.

Some taxpayers are all for public safety, but want city leaders to be fiscally responsible.

"I know the city doesn't have a lot of money and it seems like a pretty big investment," Stockton resident Lea Leandro said.

City leaders said using high-tech devices in crime fighting will become the norm. They're already exploring body cameras on police officers.


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