San Antonio – A program intended to help police officers identify where a shooting happens, get there quicker and ultimately cut down on crime has been stripped from the proposed city budget because city leaders said it’s not effective. It cost the city $270,000 to put ShotSpotters on the city’s crime-ridden east and west sides, but police Chief William McManus said the program’s results don’t match up with its hefty price tag.
“The measure of success for the police department would be arrests and case closures, and we have not seen it at all. We’ve gotten four arrests,” McManus said.
An expenditure of $270,000 for four arrests. That comes to $67,500 per arrest.
The average salary for a police officer in San Antonio is $47,986 a year. That is 5 officers that the city could be using.
The problem with ShotSpotter (other than accuracy) is that the company and the cities getting the system, seems to firmly believe shooters will remain in place long enough for the police to arrive and arrest them.
Oh well… it is only taxpayer’s money, right?