Incident 112: Police Departments Reported ShotSpotter as Unreliable and Wasteful

Description: ShotSpotter algorithmic systems locating gunshots were reported by police departments for containing high false positive rates and wasting police resources, prompting discontinuation.

Suggested citation format

Perkins, Kate. (2012-10-09) Incident Number 112. in McGregor, S. (ed.) Artificial Intelligence Incident Database. Responsible AI Collaborative.

Incident Stats

Incident ID
112
Report Count
10
Incident Date
2012-10-09
Editors
Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam

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Incident Reports

Troy will turn off ShotSpotter

TROY — The cops on the beat, the brass and the mayor all agree that the high-tech listening system that's supposed to identify the location of gunshots is ineffective.

That's why the city has decided to get rid of the ShotSpotter system at …

Courtroom testimony reveals accuracy of SF gunshot sensors a ‘marketing’ ploy

The accuracy of gunshot detection technology used by San Francisco police has been called into question as part of an attempted murder trial of a man accused of shooting at a car full of people in 2016.

While the trial of Michael Reed in co…

San Antonio police cut pricey gunshot detection system

In his campaign to win re-election and convince voters he was tough on crime, Councilman Alan Warrick never missed a chance to bring up ShotSpotter, a pricey gunfire detection system he championed for his East Side district.

Of the 10 counc…

After too many shots missed, Fall River officially ends deal with ShotSpotter

The Fall River Police Department and ShotSpotter, the $120,000-a-year gunshot detection system, have officially parted ways.

FALL RIVER - The Fall River Police Department and ShotSpotter, the $120,000-a-year gunshot detection system, have o…

ShotSpotter Generated Over 40,000 Dead-End Police Deployments in Chicago in 21 Months, According to New Study

MacArthur Justice Center study finds City’s use of ShotSpotter is inaccurate, expensive and dangerous

CHICAGO – A new study of Chicago’s use of ShotSpotter, a surveillance system designed to detect gunfire, finds that the vast majority of a…

Four Problems with the ShotSpotter Gunshot Detection System

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A critical report on the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system issued today by the City of Chicago’s Inspector General (IG) is the latest indication of deep problems with the gunshot detection company and its technology, incl…

NYC, Chicago Waste Millions on Gunshot Detection Technology, Report Says

The New York City and Chicago police departments spend millions of dollars a year on gunshot detection technology that a privacy group argues is ineffective and invasive.

The departments pay ShotSpotter Inc. for technology that uses microph…

Report: ShotSpotter wastes officers time, provides little help in court, targets overpoliced communities

Syracuse, N.Y. – A report came out last week that criticizes gunshot detection technology used by cities across the country - including Syracuse - as ineffective, wasting officers’ time and targeting overpoliced communities.

The Surveillan…

Report Evaluates Efficiency of Gunshot Detection Technology

(TNS) — A report came out last week that criticizes gunshot detection technology used by cities across the country - including Syracuse - as ineffective, wasting officers’ time and targeting overpoliced communities.

The Surveillance Technol…

Portland to change course, accept competitive bids for gunshot detection pilot

Portland city officials last week quietly reversed course on a decision to avoid a competitive bid process and launch a gunshot detection pilot program with ShotSpotter, a company critics say dramatically oversells its capabilities.

Portlan…

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