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Efficiency of EBR gunshot detectors questioned

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Posted: Mar 10, 2011 5:43 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Mar 10, 2011 5:43 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: crime, cameras, gunshot, detectors, shot, spotters, bones, addison, don, stone, lawrence, mcleary, metro, council, violent, crime, unit, baton, rouge

BATON ROUGE - Metro council member Bones Addison wants more information shared between law enforcement agencies, especially when it comes to the parish's crime cameras and shot spotters.

In Wednesday night's metro council meeting, Addison said local law enforcement is not as seamless as they say. He says Baton Rouge Police monitor many crime cameras and gunshot detectors, but the sheriff's office only monitors the Gardere area.

"The cameras should be really a tool in conviction of law enforcement itself. They shouldn't be something that we should scare criminals with, they should be used in a legal fashion that we use these cameras as a prosecution tool," Addison said.

The Sheriff's office said they'd gladly help monitor the city's gunshot detectors if asked.

Addison also requested statistics to show the effectiveness of the crime cameras and gunshot detectors to see if they're actually helping to prevent crime.

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