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Seattle Mayor Wants To Buy Gunshot-Locator System

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Screen grab of a Seattle Police shield. (Credit: seattle.gov)

Screen grab of a Seattle Police shield. (Credit: seattle.gov)

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SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s mayor wants to hire 10 new police officers, invest in new video equipment for police cars and buy a gunshot-locator system.

Mike McGinn has included more than $1 million toward those goals in his proposed 2013-14 budget.

The city wants to install up to 52 mobile gunshot locator units, with each having a minimum 600-foot radius range and the ability to pinpoint a gunshot to within a 50-foot radius. The units also can stream video and determine the caliber of weapon that was fired with a 90 percent accuracy rate.

Hiring 10 new officers would bring the department’s total to 1,310.

McGinn will announce complete details of his proposed budget next week.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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