Data For Good Program Assists Community Violence Intervention and Public Health Groups
Access to gunfire data helps direct critical services to at-risk communitiesRequest A Consultation
THE CHALLENGE FOR COMMUNITIES
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In light of these staggering statistics, cities are increasingly developing a public health approach to violence prevention. Precision data about where and when gun violence occurs can provide prompt interventions to people in need of services and support. With timely and accurate gunfire location data, community violence intervention groups and mental health professionals can more quickly aid youth and families in crisis to more effectively prevent future violence and other negative outcomes.
SoundThinking’s Data for Good Program helps law enforcement customers identify offices of violence prevention, schools, city and county public health departments and other community organizations that would receive gunfire data and analytics including heatmaps and dashboards. These tools indicate where gunfire and potential trauma may be occurring so the appropriate community resources can be deployed to offer immediate and lasting support and help address the core issues that drive crime.
OUR MISSION TO EMPOWER COMMUNITIES
The impact of our data expands far beyond law enforcement. Our Data For Good program quickly notifies schools, city and county victim services programs, offices of violence prevention, and other non-law enforcement organizations about where gunfire and potential trauma may be occurring, so they can deploy the resources needed to offer both timely and lasting help.
SoundThinking partners with Walking One Stop to provide data on where shootings occur in Miami-Dade County, enabling the organization to assist the areas that are most impacted. With a focus on bringing social and economic resources to the doorstops of those who have recently or persistently experienced gun or gang violence, Walking One Stop has provided nearly 3,000 referrals for services and support from 2018 to 2020. The majority of those referrals connected community members with social service providers within one week of initial contact. Additionally, more than 20 elected officials, researchers, and national advocates have joined Walking One Stop to hear directly from families in need about the policies, programs, and interventions necessary to address crime and improve their neighborhoods.
Walking One Stop is the best example of collective efficacy that I’ve ever seen. It’s law enforcement walking in lockstep with community members, going right to the doorstep of the homes that have been impacted by gun and gang violence. ShotSpotter technology allows us to pinpoint where to send the Walking One Stop. It’s not so much a law enforcement initiative as it is a community violence intervention initiative.
Gun violence is a community issue, not a police issue. So we’re taking that same data and pushing it to our service providers. And for anyone else who is involved in dealing with the root causes of crime, we’re willing to share that data with them as well. We’re no longer holding onto the data. We’re making it public. And we are asking the community to do their part in helping us reduce gun violence in our city.
The Springfield, Illinois initiative Community Connections leverages ResourceRouter data to determine what areas of the city need additional resources. Focusing on community outreach, education, and engagement, Community Connections includes the city’s Public Works and Planning and Economic Development agencies, Memorial Behavioral Health Center, The Outlet mentorship program, and many others.
What it's all about is helping these residents get a better path in life and how we can lift up this whole area… If you transform 11th to 18th, South Grand to Cook, that's a transformational change for the east side. That's what it's all about, lifting up all of our neighborhoods (so) that each and every one of us would like to live there.
SoundThinking and the Mobile PD have partnered with Operation Echo Stop to provide data that supports their victim services, family intervention outreach, and engagement activities. In addition, the partnership assists the University of South Alabama, Mobile County Schools, and the Mobile Police Department’s Strengthening Opportunities for Achievement and Resilience (SOAR) initiative. With a focus on reducing youth violence and suicidality, SoundThinking helps SOAR identify students exposed to urban gun violence so they can provide mental health and safety interventions in a timely manner.
[SoundThinking] brings stakeholders from various community groups together in real time with task assignments and information sharing to address the social, psychiatric, educational, spiritual, and physical health of individuals effected by the trauma of gun violence in our community. Together we make a difference!
[SoundThinking] has positioned itself as a leader in understanding the complexities of policing in this century, and the creation of collaborative platforms that allow law enforcement to communicate in real-time with partners in mental health, public health, and education and provide opportunities to mitigate harm to the public before it occurs.
In this Fox10 News interview, learn more about how SoundThinking is working with Operation Echo Stopto help reduce gun violence and the improve the quality of life in the community.
Fort Lauderdale is harnessing the Data for Good Program to transition from punitive measures to a comprehensive, community-oriented strategy for violence prevention. By sharing precision gunfire data with local community groups, the city targets resources and interventions effectively, fostering community engagement and shared responsibility for safety.
By embracing the Data for Good Program, we can now pivot to a holistic community-based approach to violence prevention, outreach, and community engagement. This fosters a sense of ownership and collective responsibility for community safety rather than relying solely on punitive measures. By bridging the gap between law enforcement and the community, we can co-create effective solutions that deter crime and nurture an environment where individuals can thrive and reach their full potential.