Suffolk Legislator Cilmi calls ShotSpotter a failure, wants refund

BRENTWOOD - Suffolk Legislator Tom Cilmi believes the county’s ShotSpotter system has been a failure and wants a full refund.

Cilmi is drafting legislation that demands ShotSpotter’s maker refund the $800,000 it’s been paid so far for the system. He also wants to cancel all future payments of $340,000 a year.

The legislator is pointing to a police report that identified 93 percent of shots identified by the system as false alarms. The system also missed 18 confirmed gunshots, according to the report.

“The fact is it hasn't generated any arrests and it hasn't saved any lives,” says Cilmi.

Brentwood civic leader Lenny Tucker opposes the legislation. Tucker says the system has been a success in Nassau, where police say it has dramatically cut officer response time to gunfire.

“Let’s work out the kinks and see what happens,” says Tucker.

The ShotSpotter was installed in five Suffolk communities 18 months ago. Suffolk police say they are working closely with ShotSpotter to address problems and improve the system.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The fire broke out around 2 a.m. Sunday 1 3 injured in early morning Central Islip house fire
Dr. Melinda Edwards taught and inspired the students 2 Former students surprise Baldwin H.S. chorus teacher
Demonstrators sit on the ground along Pennsylvania Ave. 3 Thousands march across US to protest Trump climate policies
Tens of thousands of Long Island students are 4 Thousands of students to opt out of state testing
Trump's road to the White House, paved in 5 Trump's 100-days vows: Hits, misses, unfinished business

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

ShotSpotter system coming to Village of Hempstead

The Village of Hempstead is getting a new crime-fighting tool that's already proven its merit

The technology quickly pinpoints gunfire to get officers Gun violence technology unveiled in Hempstead

Hempstead residents are hoping a new computer system can help curb gun violence. ShotSpotter, a

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.