Hempstead Village to upgrade Shot Spotter program with $400K from Nassau County

The program works to detect and pinpoint within seconds exactly where gunshots are fired. (6/17/14)

HEMPSTEAD VILLAGE - Officials say Hempstead Village will receive $400,000 from Nassau County to enhance its Shot Spotter program.

The program works to detect and pinpoint within seconds exactly where gunshots are fired.

Officials say there are already 70 Shot Spotter sensors located throughout the village. Mayor Wayne Hall says they plan to use some of the funds to install night-vision cameras, which would sync with the sensors. The hope is to provide officers with a description of the shooter, without having to rely on a victim or witness account.

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In addition to the night-vision cameras, Mayor Hall says the funding would also go toward installing brighter street lights, a high-tech mobile command center and the hiring of five additional police officers.

He expects the enhancements to be in place by the end of the year.

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