Shootings had become almost a daily occurrence in Columbus, motivating both city activists and local law enforcement officials to invest in new ways to stop the violence.
The Columbus Division of Police introduced ShotSpotter in three neighborhoods in 2019 – and started seeing immediate results. Officers made five arrests for firing a gun or other gun-related crimes in the Hilltop and Linden neighborhoods in the opening weeks of the program. Since then, police have arrested 133 people and seized 132 guns in just 16 months.
Guns off the streets between Feb 2019 and May 2020
Arrests from ShotSpotter alerts in 16 months
Known lives saved when no one called 9-1-1
ShotSpotter has helped reduce response time to gunshots to as little as 60 seconds compared to about six minutes. The impact has been significant, leading to arrests and getting illegal guns off the streets. Police officials say at least three lives have been saved because officers responded to ShotSpotter alerts during incidents when no one called 9-1-1. Residents do not report gunfire about 60 percent of the time.
There was a man shot on our streets and no one had alerted police. [Because of ShotSpotter], police showed up and administered CPR and saved him. He’s alive today because of ShotSpotter.
A gunshot should not be normal in your neighborhood. I want to change the perception that it is.