Gunshot Detection

This case study focuses on how the New York Police Department (NYPD) successfully implemented a gunshot detection technology called ShotSpotter (SST) and integrated the data into another information system to improve the available data on a specific geographic area for crime prevention/deterrence efforts. According to the National Gunfire Index, approximately 75% of gunshots are not reported to the police. The low incidence of reports enables unlawful gunfire and illegal guns to be present on the streets. SST alerts police officers of every verified gunshot within seconds. This technology enables faster response time by officers and provides more accuracy of locations of the shot, which increases the chances of catching the shooter and/or recovering ballistic evidence. The integration of the data also helps to provide a more comprehensive picture of the area that the officers are responding to and what to look for when they arrive to the scene.

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