The city’s first gunshot-detection crime camera was installed last week on Martin Luther King Boulevard, Project NOLA reported. Sponsored by bounce music star Big Freedia, it was installed one year after Freedia’s younger brother Adam Ross was killed in a Central City shooting.
Complementing Project NOLA’s network of over 2,500 crime cameras in New Orleans, the new gunshot-detecting crime cameras will allow Project NOLA staff to more quickly alert the NOPD to active gunfire, identify gunmen and provide life-saving real-time supplemental information to responding units. The city’s first was installed near the spot where Adam Ross lost his life.
Developed in 2011 to help reduce crime by increasing police efficiency, the Project NOLA nonprofit community-based crime camera program helped the NOPD reduce the murder rate in New Orleans to a level unseen since 1971, said Bryan Lagarde, executive director of Project NOLA. The new cameras can detect when a gun is fired, allowing a faster response rate to violent crime.
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