BRPD: Shot spotters and crime cameras effective
BATON ROUGE - A shot spotter gunfire indicator helped East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies respond to a shooting Thursday evening.
The shot spotter sends an alert to police when it detects the sound of a gunshot nearby. East Baton Rouge Parish pays $30,000 a year to keep crime cameras and shot spotters running. The cost has put the tools under fire in the past from Metro Council members who questioned their effectiveness.
"My whole issue with the shot spotters versus the cameras is the location, making sure they are actually located in places where we know that there's usually high crime and things like that going on," said Councilwoman Tara Wicker.
Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L'Jean McKneely says police do target crime hot spots and place cameras and shot spotters in needed areas.
"We feel that they're very effective. It's just having the possibility of them catching a crime that has occurred. We feel that benefits us beyond all means," he said. "Just to say if someone has been shot, and no one calls 911, or for police to respond, the officers could possibly go out there and save somebody's life."
There are more than 100 crime cameras throughout the parish. Wicker says they're a good tool if placed in the right area.
"If it at all gives us the opportunity to stop one individual from getting away from committing a crime and murdering someone, yes then I think that the investment is valuable for the community," she said.
Police say the cameras aren't live. Investigators pull video after a crime has been committed, but they can prevent crime when criminals see them.