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Massachusetts police expand gunfire detection deployment

Massachusetts police expand gunfire detection deployment

The New North Citizens' Council (NNCC), Springfield Police Department (SPD), City of Springfield (Massachusetts) and ShotSpotter announced that the SPD has expanded its gunfire alert and analysis coverage area to support its policing strategies and deployments, in its ongoing commitment to improving the 153,155 residents' safety, security and quality of life. Funding for the expansion was provided by the NNCC and its members, including small and large businesses that contributed more than US$100,000 toward the expansion into the north Springfield area.

The gunfire data and intelligence provided by the analysis service, first deployed in 2007, has supported the SPD's enforcement efforts across all areas of its operations, and its community-oriented policing practices. The system has enabled the SPD to respond faster and more safely to gunfire incidents, and also allows the police to develop effective problem-oriented, data-driven policing strategies and tactical deployments. The SPD also uses the detailed gunfire incident information as forensic evidence for analysis and investigations. The gunfire alert and analysis service data has been instrumental in helping the SPD take illegal guns off the streets, increase gun crime arrests, and increase prosecutions and deterrence for gun-related crime.

“We remain committed to protecting the safety of our communities, and that means working with our community partners and residents to actively address gun violence issues and crime,” said William Fitchet, Commissioner of the SPD. “NNCC's commitment to the community and their support of the SPD's efforts reinforce our city's intolerance for illegal gun use and gun crime.”

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