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Gunshot tracking system OKd in Brentwood

The Islip Town board  voted Thursday to allow the use of gunshot recognition software in Brentwood.

ShotSpotter, a California firm, plans to install sensors in strategic locations the company and government officials have deemed most in need, Suffolk County spokesman Dan Aug said.

The board’s decision means Brentwood will be one of five communities in Suffolk --  along with North Bellport, Wyandanch, North Amityville and Huntington Station --  that will have the system. Officials determined which communities would most benefit from the technology, Legis. Ricardo Montano (D-Brentwood) said.

ShotSpotter, which locates the sound of gunshots and transmits the information to police, might make Brentwood safer and help police officers identify violence more quickly, Montano said.

“It could save lives and also lead to the apprehension of perpetrators,” he said.

Suffolk County is paying $1.15 million to lease the equipment for five years in North Bellport and three years in the other four communities, Aug said. An anonymous donation of $120,000 and a grant combined to raise an additional $200,000 for North Bellport’s system, county officials said.

At its September meeting, the Brentwood Board of Education approved a resolution to allow the placement of ShotSpotter on Pine Park Elementary School, Brentwood Freshmen Center, Brentwood High School and the Brentwood Public Schools administration building.

The technology could be in place by Thanksgiving in all five communities, a county official has said.

Three Nassau communities — Roosevelt, Freeport and Uniondale — use ShotSpotter.


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