West Louisville residents upset city sought funding for drone program without public input

West Louisville residents share their views about a proposal that would make Louisville the first American city to use drones to respond to gunshots. | Photo by Michael L. Jones

The city’s Center for Health Equity is conducting a series of meetings to assess the community impact of a plan to integrate drone technology into Louisville’s Shotspotter gunshot detection system, but some west Louisville residents are upset that the city waited until now to seek public input.

In February, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that Louisville was one of the 35 finalists in its 2018 Mayors Challenge, which asked applicants for innovative technological solutions to pressing urban problems. Louisville’s submission revolved around using drones to respond to gunshots more quickly than emergency services personnel and police can.

The Bloomberg finalists received $100,000 and six months to gather public feedback and determine the feasibility of their concepts.

Kathy Harrison-Turner, director of communication and community relations for Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, said

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