Get more police officers, not a Spotshotter system

June 10, 2014 

Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski addresses friends, families and fellow police officers during a combination promotion/swearing-in ceremony in the Bradenton City Council chambers Wednesday evening. Six officers were promoted and six new hires were sworn in during the ceremony. TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald


According to the May 29 Herald, Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski is seeking a grant from the Department of Justice. This grant will be for $27,000 to be used as a down payment for the Shotspotter system.

It is amazing how government's eyes light up when they hear the word "grant." It is like free money; however, the taxpayer will be on the hook for $450,000. Not free money!

On Long Island they have a similar system which, to my knowledge, has never made an arrest or taken away a gun. Do you really think a shooter will stand around after he fires a weapon?

The only thing the Shotspotter system is good for is it will give an accurate time and place of the gunshot. This is very helpful for taking a report.

How many police officers could you hire for $450,000? Five or six? They can do more than take reports and might even run into a shooter.

Instead of a gadget, let's turn to flesh and blood with a brain. You might get more bang for your buck.

Harry R. Norris


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