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REPORT: ShotSpotter found to reduce gunfire in 2020

Posted at 10:02 AM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-28 14:26:47-05

FORT MYERS, Fla.  — The Fort Myers Police Department is crediting ShotSpotter with helping to reduce gunfire in 2020.

A recent audit showed when the Police Department introduced the technology, there was an 18% drop in homicides, 91% decrease in New Year’s Eve gunfire in 2019. In 2020, there was a 33% decrease in overall gunfire within the city.

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“While most of the country has seen a surge in gun violence in 2020, gunshots in Fort Myers have dropped 33 percent this year thanks to technology like ShotSpotter and our emphasis on best practices when responding to an incident,” said Lt. Richard Meeks, Fort Myers Police Department.

The Police Department says they instilled best practices responding to ShotSpotter incidents which also helped.