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PUBLIC SAFETY SUCCESS STORY

Cape Girardeau PD Increases Evidence Collection With the Help of ShotSpotter

City
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO
Population
39,540
Coverage Area
2 SQ. MI
Product Used
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Customer Since
APRIL 2022

Situation

The Cape Girardeau Police Department was navigating both a staffing shortage and growing community concern surrounding gunfire. To be more efficient with limited resources, the department turned to technological solutions, including ShotSpotter.

Results

One year after ShotSpotter implementation, the department has seized over a dozen firearms. Several of those have stemmed from incidents where there had been no 9-1-1 call —in fact, the very first arrest of a felon in possession of a firearm was an incident that had not been reported to 9-1-1. In another incident, ShotSpotter made it possible for officers to arrive on scene within minutes after the shot was detected. As they were arriving, they received a report about a suspect vehicle, and because they were already present they were able to immediately spot the vehicle, apprehend the suspect, and recover the firearm.

12

Firearms seized

>300

Shell casings recovered

A third notable incident centered on a homicide committed with a gun fired from more than 150 feet away. With the help of ShotSpotter providing the precise location of the gunfire, the evidence technicians on scene knew exactly where to look for the shell casings.

This increased efficiency—the chief has called ShotSpotter a “force multiplier”— has increased citizen confidence as well.

[ShotSpotter] has been a game changer for us. It’s helped us respond to gunfire faster and more accurately, and get some really bad criminals off our streets.

WES BLAIR
Cape Girardeau Chief of Police
How ShotSpotter Benefits Cape Girardeau PD
INCREASED EFFICIENCY
ShotSpotter enables officers to look for evidence in a specific location rather than over a several-block area, increasing success and saving time.
MORE EVIDENCE RECOVERED
Aided by ShotSpotter, investigators have recovered more than 300 shell casings in the first 2 months of 2023.
INCREASED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND CONFIDENCE
Citizens have expressed that they have been pleased by how officers have arrived on scenes minutes after shots were fired, even if no one had reported the incident.

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