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Police fire guns in Montbello to test ShotSpotter system

DENVER -- When it comes to shots fired in the city,  Denver is not high, but not low either. Denver police Lt. Aaron Sanchez said it would be about right in the middle.

And that is why the Denver Police Department decided to invest $500,000 in a state-of-the-art,  gunshot locating system called ShotSpotter.

"It uses technology to alert the officers within 40 seconds of shots fired in the city," Sanchez said.

ShotSpotter works on first detecting the distinct sound of gunshots being fired. It is done by special microphone sensors located within a certain neighborhood.

The sounds are then triangulated by multiple sensors and the information is immediately sent to officers in the area. No reporting is required.

The latest neighborhood to be equipped and tested is in and around the Montbello.

"We actually have to do live fire to make sure the sensors are picking up correctly," Sanchez said.

Denver SWAT officers and patrol officers notified the neighborhood with fliers to let people know the gunshots they might hear are by the police and not the bad guys.

Police said ShotSpotter isn't an end all to fighting crime,  but just another tool on their belt.