The Milwaukee Police Department would get state dollars to buy more gunshot sensors under a bill the state Assembly has passed.
The Republican-authored measure would hand the department $175,000 in state aid to expand the ShotSpotter program, a system of audio sensors placed in neighborhoods that captures the sound of gunshots and transmits their location to officers. Police say the system allows them to respond quickly to crime scenes and analyze patterns.
The sensors currently cover 3 square miles; police want to use the state money and a matching $175,000 in the Milwaukee County budget to encompass 10 square miles.
The Assembly passed the bill 95-1. The proposal now goes to the state Senate.