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New Technology Initiatives

The consent decree between the City of Baltimore and the Department of Justice requires the BPD to disclose to the public, the acquisition of any new type of equipment or technology that will be used in enforcement activities or oversight of such activities. The disclosure will include: (1) the type of new equipment or technology sought; and (2) BPD’s intended use of the equipment. BPD shall make these disclosures prior to deploying the equipment or technology.

ShotSpotter Gunshot Detection & Alert System

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Through the generous financial support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, in May 2018 the Baltimore Police Department will begin to use ShotSpotter, Inc.’s real-time gunshot detection and alert system to enhance the Department’s ability to detect, respond to, and investigate violent crimes and other incidents involving gunfire.

The ShotSpotter technology is a network of acoustic sensors that can detect firearms discharges, and immediately notifies BPD officers of the location of the incident. Ten square miles of Baltimore City – five miles each in East and West Baltimore – will be served by the ShotSpotter acoustic coverage area.

Research indicates that the vast majority of gunfire discharges go unreported. Police officers cannot effectively respond to incidents of which they are not aware. ShotSpotter will allow BPD officers to more effectively respond to gunfire incidents. This technology allows for improved public safety and is intended to deepen trust and collaboration between the Department and communities affected by gun violence. Baltimore will join over a dozen cities in the United States that have implemented ShotSpotter’s gunshot detection technology. To learn how ShotSpotter has been used to address gun violence in other cities, click the below links:

Mobile Data Computers

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The BPD is excited to announce we will begin equipping our fleet of patrol vehicles with in-car computers to aid in the crime fight and improve the delivery of police services.

After an extensive evaluation period to identify a product that will provide officers with 24/7 mission critical information, the BPD will re-launch its Mobile Data Computer (MDC) project later this summer. The project will begin with the deployment of 90 Dell Latitude Rugged 14” Computers to the Northwestern and Northeastern Districts.

Mobile data computers have become standard-issue equipment for law enforcement officers throughout the United States. With this technology, officers will complete routine administrative duties in the field, keeping officers on the street and visible to the community rather than working at a computer in a police station. Mobile data computers will allow officers to access calls for service, location hazards, crime mapping, departmental email, training materials, policy updates, and various data networks and criminal databases.

The future of the MDC project is geared toward field-based reporting, which will eliminate the current practice of officers hand-writing reports and allow them to record criminal activity in real-time.

The BPD plans to deploy over 400 mobile data computers within the next 12 months.

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