Critics are dubious of ShotSpotter. In San Francisco, there were more than 3,000 ShotSpotter alerts over two and a half years. Of these, just two resulted in arrests. Police in Oakland, Ca., describe the technology as not only ineffective, but also counterproductive. The use of ShotSpotter, they said, means people are less likely to call in shootings, weakening community-police relations and eliminating a valuable source of information about the events surrounding the shooting . . .
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