Former New Orleans Mayor to Bring Political and Civic Leadership Experience to SST/ShotSpotter
NEWARK, Calif. – October 7, 2015 – SST, Inc., the maker of ShotSpotter Flex™ − the leading solution for gunfire detection, location, alerting and analysis − today announced the appointment of Marc Morial to its board of directors. Morial brings extensive organizational and civic leadership experience to the SST board. He is currently president and CEO of the National Urban League, a nonpartisan civil rights organization, and served as mayor of New Orleans from 1994 to 2002.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Marc’s unique background and perspective join our board of directors as we continue to partner with cities in addressing gun violence,” said Ralph A. Clark, President and CEO of SST. “Our technology is helping to fight illegal gunfire and is curbing gun crime in neighborhoods that suffer most. With Marc’s strategic counsel, we will continue working with local law enforcement and their respective cities at the tactical level but also elevate our unique perspective to better inform policy at the national policy level.”
Morial has more than 25 years experience as an entrepreneur, lawyer, professor, legislator, Mayor, President of the US Conference of Mayors, and now CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization. Among his many accolades, Morial was widely credited with the 1990s renaissance of New Orleans. While Mayor of New Orleans, he had strong success attacking the city’s vast urban problems, including dropping violent crimes and murders by 60%. He left the office with a 70% approval rating.
“We can do a lot better to make America’s cities and neighborhoods safe for everyone,” said Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “The technology is ready, so let’s equip law enforcement so they have the tools and information needed to reduce gun violence and better engage with the communities they serve. With my background, I hope to work with ShotSpotter to provide real insight into the current public safety challenges America’s cities and police departments face.”
The current SST board of directors includes Ralph A. Clark, Randy Hawks, Gary Lauder, Pascal Levensohn, and Tom Groos.
ShotSpotter Flex helps local law enforcement agencies by directing police to the precise location of illegal gunfire incidents enabling first responders to aid victims, collect evidence and quickly apprehend armed, dangerous offenders. The ShotSpotter actionable intelligence can then be used to prevent future crimes by positioning law enforcement when and where crime is likely to occur. With ShotSpotter Flex, police now possess a scientific barometer of success since smart policing leads to fewer shootings.
About SST, Inc.
SST, Inc. is the global leader in gunfire detection and location technology providing the most trusted, scalable and reliable gunfire alert and analysis solutions available today. SST’s ShotSpotter Flex™ is the leading gunfire alert and analysis solution for detecting gunshots and providing critical intelligence to give law enforcement agencies the detailed real-time data needed to investigate, analyze and prosecute gun related crimes. The company’s deep domain experience, along with cumulative agency best practice experience, enables measurable outcomes that contribute to reducing gun violence. SST is a proven solution provider with more than 90 installations across the United States and the world. Privately held, the company holds numerous patents resulting from nearly two decades of innovation in the area of acoustic gunshot location technology. Detail can be found at www.ShotSpotter.com. Details about our US and foreign patents can be found at https://www.ShotSpotter.com/patents.