Here is what elected officials and your police department should know:
When gunfire occurs and is not reported (i.e. 80% of the time), police don’t arrive at the scene of the crime because they lack awareness of the incident. When this happens, it continues to fuel a negative perception about law enforcement, enabling a “police don’t really care” misperception among residents.
For communities that suffer from gun violence, the economic impact is significant. Property values can decline substantially and business owners begin to move out, cutting jobs, and limiting employment opportunities for residents who need work.
In addition to the risk of direct gunfire violence, a growing body of research shows that people in “high-gunfire” areas are more likely to suffer from psychological problems, including PTSD. In particular, children suffer as research shows that regular exposure to gunfire has a negative impact on a child’s ability to learn and make wise choices.
Concerned about gun violence in your city? You’re not alone. Your neighbors are likely to feel frustrated and helpless also. Take the lead – you don’t have to wait for someone else to do something. There is a solution and you can help your community get the protection you deserve.
Email your local elected official. You can use this email as a template.View Template
Make a phone call or set up a meeting. Ask to meet with your Police Chief and/or local elected officials such as the Mayor, a City Councilmember or the City Commissioner. Go over your concerns and request that they include gunfire detection technology in their strategy to reduce gunfire violence.Contact an Elected Official
Ask your neighbors to do the same. The more contacts they receive, the more your officials will know you’re serious. If you want to make an even bigger impression, go as a group to town hall or city council meetings and bring gunfire detection up for discussion. Want ShotSpotter in your city? Reach out to your elected official.