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You might hear gunfire in your neighborhood Monday night; here's why

Posted at 10:33 AM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-06 12:39:09-05

DENVER – Residents of four Denver neighborhoods can expect to hear live gunfire in the area Monday night.

The Denver Police Department will be testing its ShotSpotter gunfire detection system between the hours of 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. The ShotSpotter system is designed to detect the sound of gunfire to help police determine where shots are fired.

The ShotSpotter test will take place in the Clayton, Montbello, Villa Park and Westwood neighborhoods. The test will include actual gunfire and a bullet trap. No shots will be fired into the ground or the air and there will be no danger to the public, police said.

The department chose to test the system between 7 and 11 p.m. because that’s the majority of shootings happened during the nighttime hours and the acoustics during that time are different than during the day.

Denver started using the ShotSpotter system in 2015 and since then, it has helped officers make 96 arrests and recover 78 guns, police said.