Houston police firearms expansion program halted after council member delayed vote

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A program that has helped the Houston Police Department make a number of arrests will have to wait weeks to see if it is expanded after a council member delayed the vote of the Houston Police Department. city ​​Council.

To combat rising gun violence, HPD launched a pilot program “Shot Spotter” a year ago. So how does it work? Parts of the city have sensors that track when a gun is fired. At that point, it alerted the officers.

Gun violence is on the minds of many Houstonians.

“That’s the top of the list,” said resident Willie Smith. “You can walk out of the house and a stray bullet can hit you.”

The aiming program is a program that officers want to expand and expand.

“This is not a substitute for bringing in more police,” explained Mayor Sylvester Turner. “We want to do that too. This is not a substitute for investing in our community. We want to do that too.”

The city council may have expanded the program on Wednesday. However, Councilmember Mike Knox blocked a vote until next month because he wanted to see more data before the city spends the money.

“Right now, we’re looking to spend $700,000 so people can ‘feel like’ something is being done, but that’s not the solution to the problem,” Knox said. “The solution to the problem is for neighbors to work together to report the crime when they see it.”

Officials provided city leaders with the numbers this fall. To date, they have received more than 2,300 warnings involving more than 8,600 shots. It helped them make 54 arrests and helped 16 shooting victims. But officers said it was more than that.

The officers found more than 1,700 cartridges, which could have solved other crimes. They also recovered nearly 40 firearms.

The future of the program awaits, as the city council won’t meet again until January.

For more updates on the “Shot Spotter” show, follow Nick Natario on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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