Pittsburgh city Councilman Ricky Burgess proposes cameras in Homewood

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Pittsburgh city Councilman Ricky Burgess has proposed the city install $1 million worth of surveillance cameras in violence-plagued Homewood, an extension of a project to install a gunshot detection system in the neighborhood.

On Tuesday, Mr. Burgess introduced more legislation to buy the cameras, which he said will be able to zero in on shooting locations identified by the gunshot detection system, called ShotSpotter. The appropriation would buy 10 to 12 of the high-tech cameras, which can be operated remotely and swivel 360 degrees.

In mid-February, the councilman introduced legislation to buy ShotSpotter, a system that uses microphones do identify gunfire and alerts police. The technology can pinpoint the location of the gunfire and even the caliber of the ammunition that was fired, communicating the data instantaneously to authorities. It will cost the city around $150,000 a year to lease the equipment from ShotSpotter and to get a subscription for the service to process the data.

After the ShotSpotter technology is deployed, Mr. Burgess said the company that makes the product will analyze data to figure out where the cameras should be installed. The plan called for installing the ShotSpotter system and cameras in 3 square miles centered around Homewood, but also including parts of Lincoln-Lemington and Larimer.

He said recent violence in the area has underscored the need for the technology.

Last week, there were three shootings that left one man dead and injured six people, including two Pittsburgh police officers. Officer Morgan Jenkins, who was critically wounded, remains hospitalized.

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