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PUBLIC SAFETY SUCCESS STORY

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Generates 130+ NIBIN Leads in First Year of ShotSpotter Pilot Program

City
HARRIS COUNTY, TX
Population
4.6 MILLION
Coverage Area
4 SQ. MI
Product Used
Soundthinking Product Logo
Customer Since
MAY 2021

Situation

Prior to the installation of SoundThinking’s ShotSpotter gunshot detection system, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office struggled to gather evidence in response to calls of shots fired, particularly in large outdoor areas. Furthermore, callers concerned about potential ramifications often didn’t want to talk to police when they arrived on the scene. This, in combination with the startling fact that over 80% of gunfire incidents are never reported in the first place, meant that a significant amount of evidence was left undetected, leaving offenders at large to commit more crimes.

Results

After Harris County implemented ShotSpotter as part of a pilot program, Sheriff’s Office Deputies were able to respond to calls faster and with greater situational awareness.

2,194

Casings located

40

Guns seized

135

NIBIN leads

* Stats from the first year of the ShotSpotter pilot program, May 2021-May 2022

ShotSpotter technology has proven to be incredible… it triangulates [the sound of gunshots] and allows law enforcement to arrive faster. We know these are tough times and obviously we are all paying attention to the concerns of many and especially the victims of crime. ShotSpotter is a valuable public safety law enforcement tool, and we will continue to use it.

Commissioner ADRIAN GARCIA
How ShotSpotter Benefits Harris County Sheriff’s Office
EVIDENCE COLLECTION
Since the ShotSpotter pilot program began, there have been over 2,100 casings located, 40 guns seized, and over 130 NIBIN leads.
FAST RESPONSE
ShotSpotter enables the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to respond quickly and precisely to shooting incidents and with greater situational awareness.
STRONGER COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Faster response times help deter and reduce gun violence, reassuring the community and building trust.

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