Shotspotter: Springfield has large decrease in gunfire incidents

Fast police response to gunfire crimes in progress is key to decrease

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Springfield has seen a major decrease in gunfire incidents in the first half of this year. That’s according to a new report released Thursday by the makers of the city’s ShotSpotter Technology, the National Gunfire Index.

The report found gunfire incidents were down more than 60 percent during the first half of 2014 when compared to the first half of 2013. Springfield had the largest decrease of the 31 cities in the report, and overall, gun incidents in the sample area were down about 26 percent.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “While we still have more work to do these are encouraging numbers. I would like to applaud our courageous police officers for their continued bravery in our fight against crime and to thank our residents for their support and for being our police department’s eyes and ears out on the street.”

According to Police Commissioner John Barbieri, “We have implemented an automated, proactive strategy for using ShotSpotter that gets us on the scene of crimes in progress fast. In 2013, we started tracking the number of arrests and guns we’ve recovered due solely to ShotSpotter alerts, it’s making a huge difference. Having this technology alert my officers that there is a gun at the scene they are responding to allows them to approach the call cautiously, thus making them safer.”

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