ShotSpotter , a developer of mission-essential gunshot location systems announced that the City of Youngstown and the Youngstown Police Department will be employing the ShotSpotter Wireless Gunshot Location System as a tool to track, target and deter gun crime. The technology is funded with a US$530,000 federal grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. It will detect, locate and track firearm discharges over a two-mile coverage area within the city.
"Stopping gun violence and the crime associated with it is a top priority for our department," said Jimmy Hughes, Police Chief in Youngstown City. "Using the ShotSpotter GLS to detect and track gunfire will add critical, actionable information to our current community policing efforts. This technology will help us improve our neighborhood presence and reduce response time; ultimately showing criminals that response to gunfire will not be tolerated and will be swiftly dealt with."
The ShotSpotter GLS detects, classifies, locates and alerts first responders to gunfire and other explosive events in near real-time. Each event is logged into a historical database for strategic and tactical crime analysis that reveals crime trends, patterns and hot spots within a coverage area. Event data has corroborated and refuted eye witness testimony, established a timeline of events, and been used in crime scene reconstruction. Alerts direct responders to crime scenes creating a show-of-force that creates a lasting deterrence to shootings and violent crime. Today 50 cities and counties around the U.S. use system data and analytics to drive intelligence-led and CompStat policing and targeted tactical anti-crime operations and programs. Customers using the ShotSpotter GLS report a reduction in violent crime rates by at least 30 percent and gunfire rate reductions by as much as 60 to 80 percent.