As you know, I am a member of the city council's Public Safety Committee--we are in regular contact with Director Hellwig so that we are aware of what the administration is doing to keep us all safe.
Below is additional information on ShotSpotter, Inc. The contract is up for a vote at the August 15 business meeting. Below are links to the documents I received.
The first one is the proposal:
The second one is the contract:
ShotSpotter Service and License Agreement
The third one is an efficacy study:
The efficacy study (done by a company called CSG Analysis) is not an independent, longitudinal study, since it was sent to us by ShotSpotter, Inc.
In addition, the city council received some testimonials from agencies and/or police departments that use or have used the ShotSpotter system. All were very favorable, but some had additional recommendations for maximum effectiveness--some having to do with preferences of buying rather than leasing (and vice versa) and with officer training.
The FBI has successfully used the system in several large cities with high murder rates/shots fired calls--Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New Orleans were mentioned as cities that had crime reductions after ShotSpotter was deployed. The system is currently being used in Buffalo and Miami.
I hope this information provides more context about this law enforcement tool. If you have questions, please feel free to email me. Again, the city council meeting will take place at 8:00 pm on Monday, August 15 at the municipal courthouse.