Newburgh to seek ShotSpotter technology despite rejection of federal funding

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NEWBURGH – Newburgh’s efforts to seek a $432,000 federal grant to implement ShotSpotter technology to fight gun violence was rejected, but city officials still want to fund the program as another crime-fighting tool.
The latest effort to fund the IT is through next year’s federal
Community Development Block Grant program.
Police Chief Daniel Cameron told the city council Thursday night that the program would help solve crimes.
“It puts police officers immediately in the vicinity of where shots are fired. In most crimes, the best likelihood for capture is if officers are in the immediate vicinity when the crime occurs,” he said.
Cameron wants to spend $351,000 to lease the ShotSpotter program. The council has yet to take action on the proposal.