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Press Conference Invitation
13-067
Posted Date: 7/1/2013

When:          Tuesday, July 2, 2013; 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Where:        SST, Inc. Headquarters (ShotSpotter), 7979 Gateway Blvd., Suite 210, Newark, CA 94560
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Subject:       San Francisco Bay Area Police Departments Partner to Enforce Reduction of Celebratory Gunfire During the July 4th Holidays

What:           Celebratory gunfire remains a problem in many cities, particularly during the July 4thholiday season, and sadly, it often has tragic results when innocent people are hit by the falling bullets and injured or killed. The reality is that any bullet discharged from a gun, even into the sky, must land at some location, and the risks are significant for injury or death.

Numerous Bay Area law enforcement agencies are collaborating on a common effort to prevent celebratory gunfire from happening this July 4 holiday and potentially harming or injuring people. Press conference presenters include San Francisco Police, Oakland Police, Richmond Police and East Palo Alto Police.

Press and media can also tour and film at the ShotSpotter 24/7/365 Incident Review Center, where gunfire alerts from across the country are reviewed and analyzed.

Why:            San Francisco Bay Area cities are committed to stopping this illegal gun use and also combating gun violence of any nature in our communities. Public safety, quality of life and vitality in our communities is paramount.

The agencies participating in this press conference all use ShotSpotter, the gunfire location, alert and analysis solution. During the July 4 holiday, these police departments will be deploying patrol officers in specific areas of the city that have the highest amount of gunshot and firework activity recorded by ShotSpotterin recent months and last year’s July 4 holiday. Officers will respond to all ShotSpotter activations in these areas and arrest anyone caught discharging a firearm in public. As normal, officers will also be deployed throughout the city to maintain the peace, prevent crime and violence, and arrest drunk drivers.

How:            Agencies utilize ShotSpotter to detect and locate gunfire incidents and gather gunfire intelligence and data to fight crime and violence. The solution provides real-time and immediate gunshot location data, enabling informed decisions for faster and more accurate emergency response, while improving situational intelligence and increasing first responder safety. ShotSpotter gunfire data and intelligence also provides agencies with forensic evidence leading to more thorough investigations and increased prosecutions for gun-related crime, in addition to enhancing crime analysis and data-driven policing capabilities.