Tampa renews ShotSpotter contract, but questions remain about the gunshot detection software’s usefulness

The software has recently rebranded as SoundThinking.

By Arielle Stevenson

With little fanfare, Tampa approved another year-long contract with the controversial gunshot detection software ShotSpotter, owned by the recently rebranded public safety technology company Sound Thinking. An almost too-specific “gunshot detection technology grant” from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement covered the $280,000 price tag to monitor audio in a four-square-mile radius in East Tampa...

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