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Stopping Celebratory Gunfire

The consequences and risks of celebratory gunfire can be significant and serious. Many law enforcement agencies proactively announce their plans to maximize their focus and response to celebratory gunfire incidents publicly through direct community outreach and local media. This has proven to be a good deterrence as it reinforces the agency’s commitment to the safety of its communities and its zero tolerance position on illegal gun use and gun crime.

You can use this communications template for all peak times of celebratory gunfire activity.


Recommended Communications & Media Activities

Below are ideas to support your efforts to combat celebratory gunfire:

  • Issue a media advisory or press release and/or conduct a press event announcing your proactive plans to deal with celebratory gunfire (Use our media advisory template linked at the bottom of this page).
  • Use social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, agency website) to communicate the risks and dangers of celebratory gunfire and also your proactive plans to deter any illegal gunfire and other crimes during the upcoming holiday.
  • Use your ShotSpotter gunfire data to identify hotspots of gunfire and firecracker activity to improve your strategic deployments.
  • Conduct a Roll Call or other community engagement event in one of your high volume gunfire areas to show presence and commitment to the residents of that area and to help deter illegal gunfire and criminal activity.
  • Work with SST to develop benchmark studies and success stories in regard to response, deterrence and reduction of celebratory gunfire. These can be used to highlight the effectiveness of your data-driven and community policing strategies and tactical operations with the local community, media and city officials.
  • Distribute notices of your proactive policing plans regarding celebratory gunfire and/or knock on doors and engage residents in affected areas.
  • Use SST resources to provide additional information if needed to help support your analysis of data, details for media, etc.

Below is a sampling of media articles from some of our customer cities:


Media Advisory Template


Suggested Timeline:

Timeframe Activity
1 - 2 weeks prior to the holiday SST Customer Support will be in contact with your agency to share operational information about the holidays.
1 - 2 weeks prior to the holiday SST will send Recommended Communications Activities information and a reminder to your agency.
3 - 7 days prior to the holiday Release a media advisory, hold a press conference and conduct other community outreach activities.
1 – 2 days prior and on the day of the holiday Conduct a press conference and Roll Call in an affected neighborhood to reinforce your message on celebratory gunfire. This would engage both the community as well as the media and would be very visible to the people and areas more prone to celebratory gunfire.
Within 1 - 2 weeks after the holiday Develop a benchmark report or case study highlighting the results of having proactively addressed the celebratory gunfire issue. SST can provide support and help producing this. This could serve as another opportunity to engage the media and community as a follow-up press conference, press release, Roll Call and community outreach event.

It can also provide reinforcement to city management, funding resources and other influencers on the benefits and successes of your proactive, data-driven policing strategies and deployments.

 


Sample Tweets on Celebratory Gunfire Deterrence

Below are some sample tweets that you could use on Twitter to increase your communications:

  • What goes up, must come down. That includes bullets. No #celebratorygunfire on #July4. It could be deadly. <Agency Name> uses @shotspotter.
  • Play it safe this #July4. Firing guns to celebrate could kill/injure someone. <Agency Name> is using @shotspotter to find gunfire & shooters fast.
  • <Agency Name> says no #celebratorygunfire this #July4. It could hurt someone and land you in jail. We're protecting our #community.
  • @shotspotter gets to gunfire incidents fast! Shoot a gun to celebrate #July4 and we'll find you. Have fun & don't risk lives.
  • #Gunfire & #July4 don't mix. Wouldn't you rather be having fun instead of worrying about gunshots? <Agency Name>  & @shotspotter are on the watch.
  • #July4 is a day of celebration. Let's keep it that way. No #celebratorygunfire. <Agency Name> & @shotspotter are on alert.

 

“Evidence from the ShotSpotter system and the city's public safety video cameras has been used in 'hundreds' of cases since it was first installed four years ago, often corroborating other bits of evidence or assisting investigators with solid proof of people's whereabouts.”

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  • Deputy Chief,
  • Minneapolis, MN
“[ShotSpotter] is one of the most vital pieces of policing tools that any police department can have.”

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  • Police Captain,
  • Montgomery, AL
“The more we expand [ShotSpotter], the more accurate it gets.”

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  • Chief of Police,
  • Washington D.C.
“O ShotSpotter permite combater o crime com inteligência e facilita a integração dos diversos órgãos de segurança pública.”

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  • Prefeito de Canoas,
  • Jairo Jorge (PT)
“We were getting things like 'in the backyard, ten feet back'. That allowed us to collect shell casings, evidence and also to respond very quickly to an incident where shots were fired.”

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  • Chief of Police,
  • Gary, IN
“We get there sooner, which means we're more likely to catch the person responsible. For an injured person, it can be the difference between living and dying.”

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  • Former Chief
  • Washington D.C.
“We saw, in the first 30 days, a 30% drop in complaints of shots fired.”

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  • City Council Member,
  • Minneapolis, MN
“[ShotSpotter] is one of the most vital pieces of policing tools that any police department can have.”

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  • Police Captain,
  • Montgomery, AL
"We are creating omnipresence in the minds of the criminal community, which means they think the police presence is anywhere and everywhere."

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  • Police Detective,
  • Saginaw, MI
"[ShotSpotter] is like having extra patrol officers on the street."

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  • Mayor,
  • Rochester, NY
"Now when we pull up on a scene, we have 100 percent knowledge if there was actually a shot. It makes your approach different."

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  • Chief of Police,
  • Washington, DC

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