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PUBLIC SAFETY SUCCESS STORY

Omaha Police Department Leverages ShotSpotter to Improve Community Safety Since 2011

City
OMAHA, NE
Population
487,000
Coverage Area
5 SQ. MI
Product Used
Soundthinking Product Logo
Customer Since
2011

Situation

Incidents of gun violence in Omaha began to spike in the mid-2000’s, with nearly 200 victims impacted in these assaults per year.

Results

In 2011, the Omaha Police Department installed 80 ShotSpotter acoustic sensors in a five-squaremile area in the northeast that accounted for roughly half of all gun-related homicides. Total homicides declined, with only 10 murders in the city’s northeast precinct in 2019 – less than half compared to 2011. The number of gun assault victims citywide has dropped from 224 to 99 between 2011 and 2019.

56%

Decrease in gun assault victims between 2011 and 2019

97%

Of ShotSpotter alerts had no 911 calls within 5 minutes

55%

Fewer homicides in 2019 compared to 2011 in city’s northeast precinct

In 2021, the Omaha Police Department’s commitment to public safety showed no signs of slowing down. In March of that year, officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert and observed a silver Jeep Cherokee in the area which appeared to be consistent with 9-1-1 callers’ descriptions of a suspect vehicle involved in the shots fired incident. After collecting shell casings and obtaining additional information from witnesses, officers confirmed that the Jeep Cherokee they observed was, in fact, the correct vehicle.

The following day, an Omaha Police Department gang unit detective stopped the Jeep traveling northbound. After searching the vehicle, officers uncovered PCP, cocaine, 100 pills containing fentanyl, and a firearm. Examination of the firearm revealed that it was the same weapon used during the shots fired call that triggered a ShotSpotter alert. The driver, a repeat offender with multiple prior felony convictions, has been sentenced to federal prison for 450 months for drug and firearm offenses.

[ShotSpotter is] an always present and unbiased source of information for us. We don’t have to rely on people to call 9-1-1.

Deputy Chief SCOTT GRAY,
Omaha Police Department
How ShotSpotter Benefits Omaha Police Department
ACCEPTED BY COURTS
The highest court in Nebraska ruled that acoustic data is admissible evidence in court, with ShotSpotter providing forensic services in support of trial attorneys.
FASTER THAN 9-1-1
ShotSpotter can pinpoint the location of gunshots in less than 60 seconds, helping police respond quicker and catch suspects before they get away.
VIOLENCE TRENDING DOWN
Police report a reduction in violent crime in areas most affected by gun assaults when ShotSpotter is deployed in those precincts.
BEST PRACTICES
The ShotSpotter system contributes to the Omaha PD’s best practices, from dispatch and response to evidence collection and processing to crime analysis and prosecution.

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