Monday, October 31, 2011

Detroit needs more than high-tech gimickery to get a grip on public safety

Detroit police chief Ralph Godbee wants to deploy (at a cost of $2 million plus) some new technology that will hear gunshots, triangulate where they came from and automatically notify police dispatch. Like all the new whiz bang high-tech stuff the police-industrial complex comes up with the ex-cop salesmen who hawk it promise it lead to a huge decline in gunfire on the streets. Well it could conceivably but only if DPD had enough officers to appropriately respond to the alerts. And that's the rub.