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ELECTED OFFICIALS
PLAY KEY ROLE IN
FIGHTING GUN VIOLENCE

Ensuring the Protection and Safety of Citizens

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Gun Violence Impact is Multi-Faceted

KEY PROBLEM IS UNDER-REPORTED GUNFIRE

Gunfire is vastly under-reported. Nearly eight out of ten times when someone fires a gun, the police never respond, because they are unaware of an incident.

LACK OF INTELLIGENCE IS DANGEROUS

When police don't arrive at the scene of the crime, it continues to fuel a negative perception about law enforcement, enabling a "police don't really care" attitude.

CHRONIC GUNFIRE SUPPRESSES ECONOMIC VITALITY

Property values can decline substantially and business owners begin to move out, cutting jobs, and limiting employment opportunities for residents who need work.

RESIDENTS PAY HIGH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL TOLL

Research shows that people, particularly children, in "high-gunfire" areas are more likely to suffer from psychological problems, including PTSD.

ShotSpotter Helps Reduce Gun Crime

  • ShotSpotter cities experience an average 35% decrease in gunfire incident volume in the first two years of use.
  • ShotSpotter enables police to receive real-time alerts of gunfire and no longer be totally dependent on 911 calls for notification.
  • Many cities and law enforcement agencies rely on ShotSpotter as a critical component of their gun violence reduction strategy.

Affordable, subscription-based ShotSpotter can detect gunfire accurately, protect officers with increased tactical awareness, and connect police to the community while also connecting police to their mission, providing:

Real-time access to maps of shooting locations and gunshot audio

Actionable intelligence detailing the number of shooters and the number of shots fired

Pinpointed precise locations for first responders aiding victims, searching for evidence and interviewing witnesses

Real-time mobile alerts on smartphones and tablets

Elected Officials Seek Solutions to Control Gun Violence

“It's a tool to help interview potential witnesses”

LIBBY SCHAAF Mayor | Oakland, California

“ShotSpotter is helping to keep our neighborhood safer”

TOM BARRETT Mayor | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

“ShotSpotter saves lives and helps solve crimes”

TONI HARP Mayor | New Haven, Connecticut

Funding: A Cost-Effective Force Multiplier

  • An elected official’s job requires balancing competing needs within the community and making tough decisions on how to use limited resources.
  • The greatest need an elected official can meet is to provide a safe environment and create the conditions for healthy economic growth.
  • A number of studies strongly suggest that investing in ShotSpotter makes sense in terms of incremental job creation, business vitality and increased sales.

ShotSpotter Cities Combating Gun Violence

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IS REDUCING GUN CRIME A PRIORITY IN YOUR CITY?

Gun violence is not just a law enforcement problem. It requires leadership from elected officials as well as from police chiefs. Take the first step!

Contact ShotSpotter to speak with us about what a ShotSpotter program could look like in your city and learn about different funding strategies.

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Reach out to other elected officials in ShotSpotter cities to learn about the impact it has had in their cities and how they spearheaded their own ShotSpotter program.

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