Gov. Walker signs Shot Spotter funding bill
MILWAUKEE -- Governor Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 693 into law Friday morning at District 3 Police Headquarters. It provides $175,000 from the state to help Milwaukee pay for Shot Spotter. That technology places sensors across three square miles of the city. The sensors help police find out where gunshots are being fired and respond to crime scenes within a matter of moments.
The city plans to use this funding to expand the program to 10 square miles in the next year, moving its sensors into south side neighborhoods.
"That is a huge benefit, not only as a deterrent to criminals, but particularly a huge benefit to those individuals, to those families and individuals and others living in the City of Milwaukee, who now, and as this expands, will have even more tools to protect," Walker said.
The governor said he would be willing to work with lawmakers on that, but added it will take some time.