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Did You Know that Over 80% of Shootings Go Unreported?

On average less than 12% of shootings are reported to 911. As a result, eight out of ten times when someone fires a gun in your neighborhood, the police never show up, simply because they don’t know about it.

When Gun Crimes Go Unreported

When gun crime isn’t reported, perpetrators grow emboldened, putting everyone else in the community at risk. Unaddressed gunfire drives homicides and injuries, but there are other costs to the community as well:


Victims don’t get treated fast enough

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Residents feel unsafe at home

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Community jobs are lost

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The cycle of gun violence continues

*Source: The Effect of Gun Violence on Local Economies, Urban Institute, November 2016.

At the Forefront of Community Safety

Our mission is to reduce gun violence and improve the police-community relationship. Communities like yours are proactively addressing gun violence with our gunshot detection solution.

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reduction in GSW victims
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Surgeon: Having a machine listen for gunshots helped us save lives
victims found and aided by police
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City of Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission Meeting Agenda
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Greenville, NC
Greenville Success Story

Data for Good

We understand that there are many key stakeholders involved in upholding community safety. With ShotSpotter’s Data for Good initiative, we partner closely with critical institutions in a given community to provide them with data on where shootings occur, so they can focus on areas and individuals that are most in need.

Addressing Youth Gun Violence

At the African American Mayors Association (AAMA) 2022 Annual Conference, ShotSpotter Community Impact and Engagement Directors Gerard Tate and Paul John sat down with the Mayor of Baltimore and other thought leaders from across the country to talk about how to curb youth gun violence. Here were some major takeaways.

To learn more about our Community Safety initiatives, visit our Data for Good page

Community Sentiment on ShotSpotter

Review sentiment survey results from additional cities here.

Meet Our Community Engagement Directors
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Dr. Gerard Tate (DSW, LMSW)

Gerard is a Community Impact and Engagement Director at ShotSpotter, where he ensures that community stakeholders’ input is integrated into ShotSpotter policies, procedures, and product development. As a Licensed Master Social Worker, he has used his knowledge of the root causes of crime, human behavior, and social policy to advise organizations in creating, implementing, and evaluating violence prevention programs.

Gerard is an adjunct professor at Howard University in the graduate School of Social Work. He holds a B.S. in criminology from Webster University, an MSW with a concentration in social and economic development from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Doctor of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California.

“ShotSpotter has provided me the opportunity to bring a social worker lens into a leading public safety technology company. In my role, I am responsible for implementing evidence-based victim services, trauma response, and community engagement practices into policy, programs, and services both within our company and for our customers. Additionally, I help community groups and city agencies use SST data to enable them to know where to direct their second responders (e.g. violence prevention groups, social workers, and mental health professionals).

At ShotSpotter, we are at the tip of the spear with regards to improving relationships between police and historically marginalized communities who have suffered from the epidemic of gun violence since before I was born. I believe I have the best macro social work job on the planet, and I cannot be more blessed to be a part of such a fantastic organization.”

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Paul John

Paul serves as Community Engagement Director at ShotSpotter where he engages and informs communities across the country on the efficacy and potential of the company’s suite of technologies to not only address crime, but to have a broader positive impact on their neighborhoods. Paul comes to ShotSpotter from Everytown for Gun Safety where he oversaw their Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition to facilitate the exchange of gun violence prevention strategies and best practices between mayors.

Paul studied Political Science at Penn State University. Born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the West Indies, he grew up in Brooklyn, and now lives in Long Island, New York.

“For eight years, I worked in gun violence prevention advocacy. So, when I was given the opportunity to work for a company that provides law enforcement with a tool they can use to respond to shootings more quickly, saving lives, I had to take it.

As Community Engagement Director, I work externally to help communities better understand the efficacy of our solutions, and internally to better position ShotSpotter as a greater part of the solution to this public health crisis, especially for Black and Brown communities who are disproportionately impacted.

As we move forward, I’m honored to continue working toward an end to gun violence. This fight is far from over.”

Our Commitment to Privacy

We take the community’s privacy seriously and are proud to share that we received unanimous approval from the privacy commissions in San Francisco and Oakland. The city of Oakland has the “strongest surveillance oversight law in the country.” We also enlisted the NYU School of Law Policing Project to conduct a thorough privacy assessment and ensure we are meeting best practices. After completing the assessment, the Policing Project reported:

“Although ultimately concluding that the risk of voice surveillance was extremely low in practice, we offered SST a variety of recommendations on how to make its gunshot detection product even more privacy protective. As detailed in our report, SST has adopted nearly all of our recommendations verbatim, with only slight modifications or qualifications based on how ShotSpotter functions.”

“Throughout this process, SST has consistently demonstrated commendable commitment to modifying its technology to balance its public safety protections for individual privacy…We hope others follow SST’s leadership in this regard; indeed, we believe this type of open audit and assessment—whether performed by us or by others — should become the norm for companies selling technologies to governments and policing agencies.”

We Recognize the Urgency Around
Protecting Our Physical Environment

As a company focused intently on public safety and the well-being of our communities, we also understand both the importance and the urgency around protecting our physical environment. That’s why our commitment to community safety extends into the realm of protecting marine life, wildlife, and precious ecosystems. Learn more about how our technology is making a significant impact in preventing rhino poaching and fish blasting.

Our passion for creating safer, more connected communities is ingrained in our culture, and we take ethical, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects into account with every business decision we make.

Check out our 2021 ESG Report to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

When shots are fired, police receive an alert pointing them to the exact location of the incident within 60 seconds. This means that community members can count on the police to show up when they are needed — and when every second matters. By getting to the scene faster, responders can get critical evidence to help capture the shooter and also ensure that aid is rendered to victims.

An independent privacy audit conducted by NYU’s Policing Project concluded that the risk of voice surveillance is extremely limited. Strict controls and policies ensure sensors only trigger on loud explosive or impulsive sounds that are likely gunfire. No community member’s information is obtained or used during any part of the detection or alerting process. Learn more about community privacy protections here.

The beauty of ShotSpotter’s technology is that it does the job it’s designed to do without consideration for race, color, religion, economic status, etc. This enables an appropriately focused response rather than indiscriminate policing strategies that potentially victimize innocent community members.

Right now, we do not have a solution for individual community members. However, you can write a letter to your local elected officials to request ShotSpotter for your neighborhood.

Regardless of whether your city has deployed ShotSpotter, you should still call 911 and notify the police. You may not be in a ShotSpotter coverage area as it typically doesn’t cover an entire city. 88% of gun crimes go unreported and your call could help save lives. If you’re in a city that has not deployed ShotSpotter, consider reaching out to your local police department or local city council to express your concerns about public safety and to see if they have any plans to implement gunshot detection technology.