The City of Quincy, Washington, and SST, Inc. Partner to Combat Gun Violence with ShotSpotter Flex℠ Solution
Quincy City Council Approves Use of Gunfire Alert & Analysis Technology and Service to Help Police Department Respond Safer and Faster and Gain Valuable Crime Intelligence Data
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The City of Quincy, Washington, today announced its partnership with SST, Inc., the world leader and innovator in wide-area acoustic surveillance and gunfire location and alert technology, to subscribe to SST’s ShotSpotter Flex℠ solution to detect and locate gunfire incidents and gather gunfire intelligence in its effort to fight crime and violence in its city. ShotSpotter Flex is the most powerful and cost-effective gunfire alert and analysis solution available, and delivers the critical data that agencies need to respond to illegal gunfire faster and safer.
ShotSpotter Flex will be delivered to the Quincy Police Department in a subscription-based services offering, making it more affordable and more easily deployed, and without the burden and cost of managing hardware and additional IT and other resources. The Quincy PD will leverage the actionable intelligence and real-time and immediate gunshot location data provided by ShotSpotter Flex to support its strategic policing measures in a designated ShotSpotter Flex coverage area. Among the key benefits delivered by ShotSpotter Flex are:
- Instant, Accurate Situational Awareness – Precise gunfire incident information enables informed decisions for faster emergency response while also improving situational intelligence and increasing first responder safety.
- Enhanced Forensics Analysis – Detailed forensic data and intelligence improves the investigative process leading to more thorough investigations and enhanced prosecutions for gun-related crime.
- Incident Qualification – A highly trained team of gunfire acoustic experts at the SST Operations Center review and qualify all incidents immediately and pass valuable, actionable gunfire incident data to 9-1-1 dispatch centers and mobile police units enabling accurate and reliable data.
- Long-Term Crime Deterrence – Awareness of all gunfire incidents and cumulative data enables proactive crime analysis and strategic deterrence.
In recent years the City of Quincy has experienced a gun violence problem as gangs have extended their reach to this small city. In response, the Quincy PD, city leadership, community leaders, and various organizations have undertaken strategies to curb violent activity. While these initiatives have been impactful, Quincy’s political and public safety leadership are committed to making Quincy as safe as possible and is partnering with SST to leverage the ShotSpotter Flex solution to respond to gun violence more effectively. In the partnership, the Quincy PD will receive the critical gunfire data provided by the ShotSpotter Flex solution and enabled by SST’s acoustic sensor infrastructure. The technology will be deployed in areas with high concentrations of illegal gunfire and the Quincy PD will use the newly attainable data for its strategic and tactical policing operations, crime analysis, investigations, and prosecutorial efforts.
“We take the issues we’ve been experiencing with illegal gunfire and gun violence very seriously,” said Quincy Chief of Police Richard E. Ackerman. “For that reason, we’re combining our police strategies and tactical operations with the use of the ShotSpotter Flex service to provide the intelligence we need to combat gun violence. In the end, our goal is to make the City of Quincy safe and secure for our citizens and we’re confident that ShotSpotter Flex can help us significantly in doing so.”
“Although the City of Quincy is relatively small in size and population, it’s not immune to the same challenges large cities face with respect to gun violence and gun-related crime,” said Ralph A. Clark, president and CEO of SST. “The City of Quincy is taking progressive steps in their approach to reducing illegal gun use and gun violence, and we’re honored that they’ve entrusted ShotSpotter Flex to play such a vital role in this critically important initiative.”
Located in Grant County, Washington, about 149 miles southeast of Seattle, WA, the City of Quincy, WA, covers over 2.2 square miles, and has a population of 6,750 (Source: 2010 U.S. Census).
About SST, Inc.
SST, Inc. is the world leader in gunshot detection, and its ShotSpotter solutions are the leading gunfire alert and analysis solutions. Its public safety technology solutions are focused on improving public and community safety by locating gunfire and other explosive events, and ultimately, helping reduce and prevent gun violence and improving intelligence-led policing and community policing initiatives. SST solutions protect cities and countries around the world, with more than 80 installations in four countries and in 60 US cities. Privately held, the company possesses a multitude of patents that are the result of nearly two decades of innovation in the area of acoustic gunshot location technology. Information about SST and ShotSpotter can be found at www.sst-inc.com or www.shotspotter.com. You can also follow SST and ShotSpotter solutions on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
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Lydia Barrett, 650-833-9534 (Cell)
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Derick Lynch, 650-960-9203
Sr. Manager, Marketing
Quincy Police Department
Paul Snyder, 509-787-4718 ext 504
Source: SST, Inc.
Released January 10, 2012