Police firing shots Tuesday to help keep neighborhoods safe

Police firing shots Tuesday to help keep neighborhoods safe

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh police will be conducting a live-fire test Tuesday night of the ShotSpotter gunshot detection service.

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Officers will be testing the service, which just recently expanded to an 18-square-mile coverage area, to ensure all systems are operating as expected and to make final adjustments before activating.

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The test will take place in several neighborhoods, including Bedford Dwellings, Beltzhoover, Hazelwood, Homewood, Marshall-Shadeland, Perry, West End and Upper Hill, police said.

Pittsburgh police said residents can expect a sequence of gunshots fired into a bullet trap. No bullets will be fired into the air. The test is safe and there is no danger to the public, police said.

ShotSpotter is a network of sensors used to detect when a gun is fired and then notifies police and 911 dispatchers.