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The City of Lancaster's Innovative Gunshot Detection Technology Proves Effective in Community Safety Efforts

In just two weeks after deployment, ShotSpotter is already yielding dividends on the City’s safety investment

Post Date:03/29/2024 11:14 AM

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Lancaster, CA. March 29, 2024 - Earlier this month, the Lancaster Police Department announced the deployment of a new gunshot detection technology to enhance public safety in the City. As part of a six-month pilot program and a three-year professional agreement with SoundThinking, Inc., the solution, named ShotSpotter, is designed to identify, locate, and track active gunfire.

ShotSpotter is a state-of-the-art system that can quickly identify the sound of gunshots and notify law enforcement agencies within seconds of their occurrence. Since its implementation, it has provided 36 confirmed alerts related to gunshots, leading to numerous arrests and the capture of valuable evidence.

“I am proud to say that the deployment of ShotSpotter has been nothing short of exceptional,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “This innovative technology has proven invaluable in our efforts to combat crime and ensure public safety."

Through the use of ShotSpotter and the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), which locates guns across the country through shell castings research, the Lancaster Police Department has been successful in cracking down on illegal narcotics operations and gang-related activities. 

“ShotSpotter and NIBIN have revolutionized law enforcement capabilities,” said Chief of Police Rodrick Armalin. “We are proud to have these tools at our disposal to enhance the safety and well-being of our community.”

For more information, please contact the Lancaster Police Department at or visit

About the City of Lancaster, CA

Lancaster is a diverse community of nearly 170,000, leading the future through science, technology, art, culture, and collaboration. Home to astronauts, rocket scientists, families, and innovative businesses large and small, we are leading the USA with innovation. Combined with spectacular landscapes and clean air, Lancaster has the confidence, expertise, spirit, and imagination to transform tomorrow. We are: Creating a better tomorrow. Visit us at

City of Lancaster Police Department is steadfastly committed to providing superior public safety services to all who live, work, and visit our City. They work alongside the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station to uphold the peace and enhance the quality of life in Lancaster. The Lancaster Police Department proudly embraces state-of-the-art technology, data-driven decision-making processes, and community-oriented policing strategies to address the unique needs and concerns of our citizens.


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