Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 111187
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File Number: 111187 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-570-11 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: GUNSHOT DETECTION SYSTEM Introduced: 5/26/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 7/7/2011
Agenda Date: 7/7/2011 Agenda Item Number: 11A12
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR THE COUNTY MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO REPORT, WITHIN 60 DAYS, TO THE BOARD REGARDING THE BEST METHODOLOGY AND IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE TO PROCURE A GUNSHOT DETECTION SYSTEM FOR THE MIAMI-DADE POLICE DEPARTMENT
Indexes: GUNS
Sponsors: Joe A. Martinez, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 7/7/2011 11A12 Adopted P

Public Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 6/14/2011 2C Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Gerald Sanchez read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairman Diaz requested clarification regarding how the gunshot detection system would work. A Miami-Dade Police Department representative explained that the system worked with software that would calculate the information based on the distance the sound traveled and how fast sound traveled. He noted the County would install sensors on buildings or light poles, and the vendor would calculate the location of the shot and send that information to the County. Chairman Diaz asked that he be listed as a co-sponsor. Commissioner Jordan expressed concern that these sensors could invade people’s privacy by recording their conversations. Commissioner Jordan asked Ms. Susanne Torriente, Director of the Office of Sustainability, to ensure that the report required by this proposed resolution includes a section detailing the length of time that the gunshot detection system would record people’s conversations and whether any noises other than the sonic boom could trigger the system to record. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 5/26/2011 Referred Public Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 6/14/2011

County Attorney 5/26/2011 Assigned Oren Rosenthal

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MAYOR OR THE COUNTY MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO REPORT, WITHIN 60 DAYS, TO THE BOARD REGARDING THE BEST METHODOLOGY AND IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE TO PROCURE A GUNSHOT DETECTION SYSTEM FOR THE MIAMI-DADE POLICE DEPARTMENT

BODY
WHEREAS, a gunshot detection system is a system that detects and conveys the location of gunfire or other weapon fire using acoustic, optical, potentially other types of sensors, as well as a combination of such sensors; and
WHEREAS, law enforcement, homeland security, and private security parties use these systems to identify the source and, in some cases, the direction of gunfire and/or the type of weapon fired; and
WHEREAS, gunfire detection systems have been successfully deployed in other jurisdictions and have resulted in more effective crime detection and prevention; and
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners wishes to purchase and deploy a gunfire detections system in Miami-Dade County,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board directs the County Mayor or County Mayor’s designee to prepare a report regarding the best methodology and implementation schedule to procure a gunshot detection system in Miami-Dade County. Such system shall be used by the Miami-Dade Police Department to identify whether gunshots have been fired; the location of the shooter firing the gunshots; the sequence of gunshots fired; and whether the shooter was moving or stationary when the gunshots were fired. Such system shall also provide investigators from the Miami-Dade Police Department with data that can be processed and utilized in the investigation of gunshot incidents. Such report shall be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for further action within sixty (60) days of the effective date of this resolution.



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