PHOENIX – Police in Glendale will patrol the streets on New Years Eve using a mobile app that can identify and locate shots fired in the air, the department said Thursday.
The Glendale Police Department in a press release said that ShotSpotter provides officers with real-time shot location data, enabling informed decisions for faster, more accurate responses to celebratory shots that are a common problem in many cities during the holidays.
Patrols will be deployed in the city and in specific areas which recorded the highest number of gunshots and fireworks recorded on the app during New Years Eve and July 4 of last year, police said, and anyone caught shooting in the air will be arrested. .
“Unfortunately, it often has tragic results when innocent people are hit by stray bullets and injured or killed,” the department said in the statement.
“The reality is that every bullet fired from a gun, even in the sky, has to land somewhere, and when it does, the risk of injury or death is significant.”
Officers will also be on the road in the city of West Valley on New Years Eve to keep the peace and arrest drivers who get behind the wheel while intoxicated.