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AF Academy to test gunshot-detection technology with blank ammunition Sept 18

CCTV Test

Base police have scheduled a test to evaluate the capabilities of new technology installed in the Air Force Academy's Prep School to detect gunshots, 9-11 a.m., Sept. 18. (U.S. Air Force photo/Trevor Cokley)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Base police have scheduled a test to evaluate the capabilities of new technology installed in the Air Force Academy's Prep School to detect gunshots, 9-11 a.m., Sept. 18.

Airmen from the 10th Security Forces Squadron will fire several blank ammunition rounds from a handgun and rifle inside building 5214 at the Prep School to test the system's integration of cameras and detection of sound to quickly alert base police of a potential incident. 

The test is market research to help the Academy better protect its staff, families and visitors. Representatives from the CCTV manufacturer will also be at the test to gauge the quality of the product.

The local 911 Call Center has been notified of the test and all safety precautions will be taken.

Building 5241 is a Prep School dormitory and will be fully evacuated during the test.

Other security forces Airmen will supervise the test and keep unauthorized personnel out of the area. 

Academy officials assure the public this activity is planned and coordinated with all agencies involved and closely controlled. The base remains open and traffic will not be effected.