Long Beach Police to Get Shotspotter Technology

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Beach city police officers will soon be responding more quickly to shootings thanks to ShotSpotter, a sophisticated gunshot detection system being deployed amid rising concerns about shootings on the barrier island.Nassau County Legis. Denise Ford (R-Long Beach) secured $500,000 to fund the technology, which uses acoustic sensors and software to pinpoint the location of gunfire within milliseconds of the shot going off. Within 30-60 seconds of shootings, police officers are directly notified of gunshots—bypassing 911 and dispatchers—enabling them to dramatically decrease response times to these incidents.“This technology will enable [police officers] to capture the gunmen more quickly, and even more importantly, the victim will receive medical attention and care much, much sooner,” Ford said during a news conference Tuesday at the Evangel Revival Community Church. “For too long, the good residents of these neighborhoods have lived in fear, and it is time that we take action to restore a sense of security.”Nassau County police have credited Shotspotter with reducing gunfire by 80 percent in Roosevelt and Uniondale, where the system debuted in 2010. Suffolk County deployed Shotspotter in Huntington Station, Brentwood, North Amityville, Wyandanch and North the following year. And Hempstead village police began using it after that. ShotSpotter is similarly used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, who have used it to track snipers.“This is a vital tool to really help us eliminate this issue from our neighborhood to make it safe,” Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said.Recent shootings in Long Beach include a 4-year-old boy being grazed by a bullet last month, a man hit by gunfire in April and a 28-year-old man who was killed last fall. Arrests were made in all three cases.The Shotspotter funding came from the county legislature’s discretionary Community Revitalization Projects program. The half-million dollar budget is enough to fund the Shotspotter program for five years.Aside from helping catch shooters and save victims, ShotSpotter also aids citizens in communities where there is a fear of retaliation for calling 911. The technology provides all of the data necessary about the gunshots in order to prosecute suspects without eyewitness testimony, although officials continue to urge the public to still call 911.In response to privacy concerns, ShotSpotter officials noted that the sensors’ microphones are not constantly recording or listening, except for the milliseconds before and after gunshots are fired. The devices do not record video and are placed high on top of buildings in order to cover more area, typically 50-100 feet above street level.Officials said they hope that the mere presence of ShotSpotter will help deter shootings in the community.“We’re not gonna take it anymore,” said New York State Assemb. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach). “We have the city, we have the county, we have the state, we have different parts of the community—and we’re all standing here saying that whatever resources are necessary, whatever investigations are necessary…to protect our communities, we are going to take those necessary steps.”Long Beach city police officials, who did not attend the press conference, did not return a call for comment.“The number of shootings have been steady in Long Beach while they have been increasing all around us,” Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney told the Long Beach Herald earlier this month, although no shooting statistics for the city were provided in that story.last_img read more

Trump is ignorant of Constitution

first_imgWhile at a rally in Moon Township, Penn., on March 10, the so-called president of our republic and leader of the free world once again displayed his ignorance. The human garbage Republicans want us to respect mentioned executing drug dealers. Once again, the cretin showed just how ignorant he is. I certainly think this would be cruel and unusual punishment, forbidden in the Constitution. His pal, Rodrigo Duterte, a despot who is praised by 45, has drug dealers, young and old, executed without due process on the streets of Manila, Philippines.I’d unequivocally say this murderer is a role model for the white supremacists, including 45.Paul SantoRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burn Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Prior Group and ALL NRG Ink Offshore Wind Deal

first_imgPrior Group and ALL NRG have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to jointly cooperate on offshore wind projects.Under the deal that began in March, ALL NRG uses Prior Group’s facilities, such as offices, workshops, storage and service, as well as services from Prior’s in-house engineering, electrical company and yard in the Port of Vlissingen.The two parties said they will join forces when beneficial to customers and when it improves project results as they are together able to provide solutions which cannot be given as separate organizations.According to Prior, the collaboration will strengthen the presence of ALL NRG in Vlissingen and other ports in The Netherlands and Belgium.“To further expand our current business activities in the Benelux, teaming up with Prior Group is a strong benefit for ALL NRG,” said Hans Schneider, Chief Executive Officer of ALL NRG.“The joined competences of Prior Group and ALL NRG will be in high demand when the next major expansion of Dutch and Belgian offshore wind really starts to kick off. The well-established multidisciplinary organization in Prior Group with a vast local network adds excellent value to our core business – provision of manning and project solutions.”The companies are currently investigating opportunities that will take place in the Benelux area, including project activities at the new Green Blue Offshore Terminal in Vlissingen, which recently announced the opening of a new terminal to offer services to offshore wind companies.The new terminal contains 22.000m2 of workspace and will offer services during the construction, modification, repair and maintenance activities, and will serve as a place for the storage of equipment, materials, and offshore modules.last_img read more

Fabregas, Morata put Chelsea on cruise control

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the English Premier League match against Everton at Stamford Bridge in London on August 27, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 27- Chelsea lifted Antonio Conte’s spirits ahead of the crucial final days of the transfer window as goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata sealed a comfortable 2-0 victory over woeful Everton on Sunday.Conte has spent the last few weeks grumbling about Chelsea’s failure to land his top transfer targets, and with the window closing next week, the Blues boss is hoping to bolster his depleted squad with several signings. Against that troubled backdrop, it was essential Chelsea signed off before the international break with three points to keep in touch with Premier League pace setters Manchester United.The champions achieved that aim with ease as Fabregas opened the scoring in the first half at Stamford Bridge before Morata bagged his second goal since his club record £58 million ($74 million) move from Real Madrid.Conte’s men have now won two in a row following their shock opening-day defeat against Burnley, but they won’t have many less demanding victories than this one against a lethargic Everton side who barely broke sweat.Although Morata scored again, the Spain striker was a diffident figure for long periods and Conte knows Chelsea’s hopes of more silverware rest on him being given extra options to juggle the demands of a gruelling season.Everton’s first league defeat of the season was a frustrating end to what had been a positive week for Ronald Koeman’s men after they drew at Manchester City and qualified for the Europa League group stages.Back from suspension, Fabregas came in for Tiemoue Bakayoko and was immediately in the thick of the action when Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye escaped with a yellow card after catching the Spaniard with a crude studs-up lunge.Quickly monopolising possession, Chelsea threatened an early goal as William’s penetrating run teed up Morata in the penalty area.But Morata opted to pass and the chance was gone when Pedro lifted an ambitious bicycle kick over the crossbar.David Luiz took a direct approach moments later, bringing Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford into action for the first time with a low strike from just outside the area.Pedro followed suit with another long-range effort that had Pickford sprawling to his right to save.– Killer blow –Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata (left) vies with Everton’s defender Mason Holgate during their English Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in London on August 27, 2017Chelsea’s relentless pressure was rewarded in the 27th minute.Fabregas flicked a pass to Morata and timed his run perfectly to receive the Spaniard’s headed return ball in stride, nudging in front of Leighton Baines to guide a deft finish past Pickford for his first goal of the season.Although Everton had a draining Europa League assignment at Hajduk Split on Thursday, even that couldn’t completely excuse a desperately uninspired display.It was only a matter of time before Chelsea made them pay again and it was Morata who delivered the killer blow in the 40th minute.After referee Jon Moss played the advantage following a foul on Victor Moses, Cesar Azpilicueta had time and space to whip over a pin-point cross and Morata punished the flat-footed Everton defence with a header beyond Pickford from 10 yards.Pedro almost made it three just after half-time with a curling effort that whistled wide before Everton finally carved out a chance.Sandro Ramirez had only Thibaut Courtois to beat when he raced onto Wayne Rooney’s pass, but the striker’s miscued shot was in keeping with his side’s limp performance.Normal service was soon resumed as Chelsea peppered Pickford’s goal, with Pedro shooting wide and Moses firing too close to the keeper.Despite Chelsea’s commanding position, Conte remained typically hyperactive on the touchline.A calmer head will be required when he returns to the transfer maelstrom.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more