CITIZENS CAN HELP MAKE
THEIR COMMUNITIES SAFER
by requesting local elected officials and law enforcement
agencies to investigate new solutions to address gunfire
If your community has a gun violence problem, there is a powerful step that you, as an ordinary citizen, can take to help reduce it. Speak with your local law enforcement and elected officials about ShotSpotter.
Here is what elected officials and your police department should know:
- Gun incidents in many neighborhoods are significantly under-reported (approximately 80% go unreported).
- This makes it difficult for law enforcement to effectively respond not knowing the when, where and what to respond to.
- These missed opportunities limit the likelihood of encountering perpetrators, aiding victims, interviewing witnesses and retrieving casings which can be used forensically.
- ShotSpotter Gunfire Detection can be a force multiplier through the real-time, precise location alerts that comprehensively notify law enforcement whenever a gun is discharged.
- With no waiting for 911 calls or guessing where the gunfire is taking place, police can now show up quickly and safely to all outdoor gunfire incidents.
The Impact of Gun Violence is Multi-Faceted:
LACK OF COMMUNITY TRUST BREEDS FRUSTRATION
When gunfire occurs and is not reported (i.e. 80% of the time), police don’t arrive at the scene of the crime because they lack awareness of the incident. When this happens, it continues to fuel a negative perception about law enforcement, enabling a “police don’t really care” misperception among residents.
CHRONIC GUNFIRE SUPPRESSES ECONOMIC VITALITY
For communities that suffer from gun violence, the economic impact is significant. 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
In addition to the risk of direct gunfire violence, a growing body of research shows that people in “high-gunfire” areas are more likely to suffer from psychological problems, including PTSD. In particular, children suffer as research shows that regular exposure to gunfire has a negative impact on a child’s ability to learn and make wise choices.
Want to get ShotSpotter in your city? Reach out to your elected official.
Concerned about gun violence in your city? You’re not alone. Your neighbors are likely to feel frustrated and helpless also. Take the lead – you don’t have to wait for someone else to do something. There is a solution and you can help your community get the protection you deserve.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Email your local elected official. You can use this email as a template.
Make a phone call or set up a meeting. Ask to meet with your Police Chief and/or local elected officials such as the Mayor, a City Councilmember or the City Commissioner. Go over your concerns and request that they include gunfire detection technology in their strategy to reduce gunfire violence.
Ask your neighbors to do the same. The more contacts they receive, the more your officials will know you’re serious. If you want to make an even bigger impression, go as a group to town hall or city council meetings and bring gunfire detection up for discussion. Want ShotSpotter in your city? Reach out to your elected official.