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Stopping Celebratory Gunfire

Date: 2012-12-27
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The consequences and risks of celebratory gunfire can be significant and serious. Many law enforcement agencies proactively announce their plans to maximize their focus and response to celebratory gunfire incidents publicly through direct community outreach and local media. This has proven to be a good deterrence as it reinforces the agency’s commitment to the safety of its communities and its zero tolerance position on illegal gun use and gun crime.

Recommended Communications & Media Activities

Below are ideas to support your efforts to combat celebratory gunfire: 

  • Issue a media advisory or press release and/or conduct a press event announcing your proactive plans to deal with celebratory gunfire (Use our media advisory template linked at the bottom of this page).
  • Use social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, agency website) to communicate the risks and dangers of celebratory gunfire and also your proactive plans to deter any illegal gunfire and other crimes during the upcoming holiday.
  • Conduct a Roll Call or other community engagement event in one of your high volume gunfire areas to show presence and commitment to the residents of that area and to help deter illegal gunfire and criminal activity.
  • Distribute notices of your proactive policing plans regarding celebratory gunfire and/or knock on doors and engage residents in affected areas.
  • Agencies who use the ShotSpotter (SST) gunfire detection system can use SST gunfire data to identify hotspots of gunfire and firecracker activity to improve your strategic deployments, and can work with SST to develop benchmark studies and success stories in regard to response, deterrence and reduction of celebratory gunfire. These can be used to highlight the effectiveness of your data-driven and community policing strategies and tactical operations with the local community, media and city officials.

 For more suggestions and information, including a template of public education activities to lessen celebratory gunfire, see:

- People, Places & Things/ (via Shotspotter, 12/27/12)


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