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Mares: ShotSpotter criticism distracts from a real debate about police technology

September 30, 2021

What is wrong is to call all alerts without immediate evidence of a crime “false positives.” This implies the alert was not gunfire, though it most likely was. My evaluation in St. Louis has been frequently cited in the media as evidence that ShotSpotter does not reduce crime, but my more recent work in Cincinnati shows strong crime reductions.