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Letter: ShotSpotter must prove its value

Suffolk County Police Sgt. Peter Ervolina shows how

Suffolk County Police Sgt. Peter Ervolina shows how the ShotSpotter system registered two shots that were fired in a demonstration on Railroad Avenue in Huntington Station. (Dec. 22, 2011) Credit: James Carbone

Your editorial suggesting that Suffolk County should give ShotSpotter more time mentions that there is one legislator, that would be me, who wishes to pull the plug ["Suffolk's ShotSpotter might still hit the mark," July 18].

If ShotSpotter needs time to tweak the system and work out the bugs, that's fine, but not with taxpayers' money. The maker should refund the $800,000 Suffolk has already paid for a system that so far has been an absolute failure.

The taxpayers should not pay another dime until ShotSpotter can prove its value. That would be the responsible thing to do.

Tom Cilmi, Bay Shore

Editor's note: The writer represents the 10th District in the Suffolk County Legislature.