Martinez, Ca. – The California Highway Patrol (CHP), Contra Costa Area, will conduct testing of the ShotSpotter component of the new Freeway Security Network system on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
This calibration and testing will consist of controlled live-fire trials, and will ensure the accuracy of the ShotSpotter system that will be in operation on the freeways within Contra Costa County in coming months. People living near the freeways in the area of the testing may hear gunfire, but it is only part of the test and is safe.
When operational, the ShotSpotter system will help pinpoint the time and location of freeway shootings. The information gathered will then be provided to law enforcement to investigate.
System testing is expected to begin at 9pm., Wednesday, September 5, and conclude at 4 a.m., Thursday, September 6, in unspecified locations of Contra Costa County freeways. The testing will be conducted at night to lessen any disruption to traffic, and the public should stay alert for potential lane closures by Caltrans throughout the night, and the presence of personnel and/or equipment alongside the roadway in test areas.
The ShotSpotter system is one part of the Freeway Security Network. In October 2017, a Freeway Shootings Task Force with the CHP, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, Caltrans, and police in Pittsburg, Antioch, Hercules, Pinole, Richmond, and San Pablo, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to install a regional Freeway Security Network. The Pittsburg City Council approved the resolution on December 18, 2017 to authorize the City to execute an agreement for the multi-jurisdictional Freeway Security Network Project. The next phase of the project will include installation of the cameras/license plate readers which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
After-hour concerns regarding this testing should be directed to CHP Golden Gate Division’s Non-Emergency Line at (707) 641-8300. As usual, the public should call 9-1-1 to report any emergency.