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Don't Let Celebratory Gunfire Harm Your Community

Date: 2013-12-24
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For many communities, the coming holiday season is a time of year when some people sadly celebrate by firing gunshots into the air. Illogical thinking we agree, because we all know, what goes up, must come down; and in these cases, it's bullets moving at deadly speed.

Indeed the consequences and risks of celebratory gunfire are significant and serious. Many law enforcement agencies proactively announce their plans to maximize their response to celebratory gunfire incidents publicly through direct community outreach and local media. This has proven to be an excellent deterrence as it reinforces commitment to the safety of communities and zero tolerance of illegal gun use and gun crime.

Click HERE to download our communications templates and recommendations for all peak times of celebratory gunfire activity, such as New Year's Eve, July 4th, Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo and Halloween.

SST customer agencies actively use their ShotSpotter gunfire data to enhance their capabilities to respond and investigate gunfire incidents, increase prosecutions for gun crime, and identify hotspots of gunfire activity, particularly during this time of year. It helps the community know the police are engaged and working smartly in their neighborhoods to keep them safe, and it sends a clear message to those contemplating celebratory gunfire that they will be caught and arrested. 

Conducting press conferences, issuing press releases, holding roll calls in affected neighborhoods, and using social media are all excellent ways to engage with your communities, and articulate your message of deterrence of celebratory gunfire and other criminal activity.

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via SST, 12/23/13)

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