Police shelve plan to implement gunshot detection technology ShotSpotter

The Toronto Police Service will not be moving forward with implementing new gunshot-detection technology ShotSpotter due to legal concerns, Police Chief Mark Saunders confirms.

Last summer, city council voted in favour of investigating whether to implement the technology in Toronto but in an interview with CP24 on Thursday, Saunders confirmed that he has opted to shelve ShotSpotter for now.

ShotSpotter, which has been utilized by police departments in Chicago, Denver, and New York, uses microphones to triangulate sound waves to help officers accurately detect the location of where gunshots were fired.

Somehow “privacy issues” doesn’t sound like the real reason this project was shelved.