Portland does about-face on 'ShotSpotter' gunshot detection pilot, will allow competitors to bid

Portland now plans to select two gunshot detection companies to present and answer public questions before sending a detailed proposal to city council for approval.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland city leaders are backtracking on a planned ShotSpotter pilot program, instead opening the process to alternative gunshot detection proposals and community feedback.

Portland’s procurement office plans to post a request for proposals on the city’s competitive bidding site Tuesday, the first step of the city’s return to the listening stage for a new approach to gun violence.

In September, Mayor Ted Wheeler decided to greenlight a ShotSpotter pilot program after reviewing a recommendation from FITCOG

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