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Jul. 7, 2015 12:52 pm

Mayor says ShotSpotter is working in Wilmington

A new report was released by ShotSpotter's parent company in conjunction with a proposed budget amendment from Mayor Dennis Williams.
Protesters march to end gun violence in Wilmington.

Protesters march to end gun violence in Wilmington.

(Photo by Flickr user TCDavis, used under a Creative Commons license)

Last June, Mayor Dennis Williams and Councilman Darius Brown successfully brought gunshot detection technology ShotSpotter to Wilmington.

On Monday, Williams and Police Chief Bobby Cummings released a data review that proves the system is actually working in the three square miles of the city it has been installed in, they say.

The report, released by ShotSpotter’s parent company SST, Inc., shows that between June 2014 and December 2014, ShotSpotter detected 231 instances of gunfire. From January 2015 to June 2015, 135 incidents were reported. That’s a drop of nearly 42 percent.

According to Delaware Public Media, the data report was released as part of a budget amendment seeking $585,000 for the mayor’s latest policing plan, which is still floating around City Council.

The results are uplifting, but it’s important to note that instances of gun violence are historically higher in the summer months.

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Companies: City of Wilmington
People: Darius Brown
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