Using Data to Build Safer Communities

ShotSpotter’s Director Community Engagement Dr. Gerard Tate was joined by Reverend Damita Davis-Howard from Ceasefire Oakland, John Bush from the City of Savannah’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE), and Wayne Rawlins, President of Ummah Futures International. During the ninety-minute conversation, they discussed the importance of data-driven, community interventions...
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ARPA Funding: More Money is Available to Address Rising Gun Violence

Fighting Crime with the American Rescue Plan Act Last year, President Biden provided guidance that American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds may be used for “investing in technology and equipment to allow law enforcement to more efficiently and effectively respond to the rise in gun violence resulting from the pandemic.”...
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Why a Problem-Oriented Policing Approach is the Future of Patrol

And high-visibility police patrols are a proven crime deterrent. But tight budgets and staffing challenges have increasingly made staffing patrol operations difficult. In this post, we’ll discuss problem-oriented policing, an innovative approach designed to bring policing to where it’s needed most. What is Problem-Oriented Policing and Why is it Important?...
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ShotSpotter Goes Beyond Gunshot Detection

It’s a difficult environment with more retirements and resignations negatively impacting cities and leading to burnout for existing officers. “Normal” staffing levels may never return. But with that said, ShotSpotter is here to support the law enforcement profession and maximize the impact of your limited resources. While we are known...
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ShotSpotter Effectiveness and Privacy Protections

The other technology panels included license plate readers, facial recognition, and geo-fencing for cell phone number capture. For the first portion of the ShotSpotter panel, former ATF Associate Deputy Director and ShotSpotter’s VP of Analytics & Forensic Services Tom Chittum provided an overview of ShotSpotter’s effectiveness, as well as its...
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Police Accountability on Patrol

Police accountability is essential to functioning democratic societies. It helps ensure officers act within the bounds of the law, improves police-community relations and enhances police legitimacy. This accountability is two-fold: Internally, it relates to the responsibility that officers have to the law, their supervisors, and their department. Externally, it relates...