• In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, Jim Schaff, vice president of marketing with Yardarm, demonstrates how a sensor fits into an Airsoft replica of a Glock 17 handgun in San Francisco. A California-based startup has designed new law enforcement technology that aims to automatically alert dispatch when an officer's gun is unholstered and fired. Yardarm can also track where an officer's gun is located and in which direction it's fired. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, Jim Schaff, vice president of marketing with Yardarm, demonstrates how a sensor fits into an Airsoft replica of a Glock 17 handgun in San Francisco. A California-based startup has designed new law ... enforcement technology that aims to automatically alert dispatch when an officer's gun is unholstered and fired. Yardarm can also track where an officer's gun is located and in which direction it's fired. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, Jim Schaff, vice president of marketing with Yardarm, holds a sensor that fits into an Airsoft replica of a Glock 17 handgun in San Francisco. A California-based startup has designed new law enforcement technology that aims to automatically alert dispatch when an officer's gun is unholstered and fired. Yardarm can also track where an officer's gun is located and in which direction it's fired. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, Jim Schaff, vice president of marketing with Yardarm, holds a sensor that fits into an Airsoft replica of a Glock 17 handgun in San Francisco. A California-based startup has designed new law enforcement ... technology that aims to automatically alert dispatch when an officer's gun is unholstered and fired. Yardarm can also track where an officer's gun is located and in which direction it's fired. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, a computer screen displays Yardarm's publishing of real time gun events on Google maps in San Francisco. A California-based startup has designed new law enforcement technology that aims to automatically alert dispatch when an officer's gun is unholstered and fired. Yardarm can also track where an officer's gun is located and in which direction it's fired. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, a computer screen displays Yardarm's publishing of real time gun events on Google maps in San Francisco. A California-based startup has designed new law enforcement technology that aims to automatically ... alert dispatch when an officer's gun is unholstered and fired. Yardarm can also track where an officer's gun is located and in which direction it's fired. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) (The Associated Press)

California start up creates gun technology that tells dispatch how, when cop guns are fired

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A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired.

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The new product by Yardarm Technologies would also track where the gun is located and in what direction it was fired.

The system will not include the controversial remote disabling mechanism, which gun rights advocates strongly oppose. Yardarm Marketing Vice President Jim Schaff says the company has abandoned that effort.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak, whose agency is testing the new system, says it will allow the sheriff's office to see whether deputies are in trouble and unable to ask for assistance.

The technology relies on the Internet and requires a small device that can be inserted in the handle of most police handguns. It connects to the officer's smart phone using Bluetooth.