How Technology Can Disrupt Gun Violence Cycles
June, 2017 –Information drives investigation and Law Enforcement agencies today are facing unprecedented volumes of information taking many forms and collected by many different hands across widely separated places. FBI Violent Crime statistics released in January of this year report among other violent crimes, murder, aggravated assault and robbery are up 9.7% year over year in cities with over 1MM population. We also have 223 Million SMART phones in the U.S. alone and this is creating a new stream of information including text messages, video, images, micro posts making managing all this information a challenge.
To make matters even more challenging, resources and budgets continue to be under pressure and scrutiny. NBC News reported this year on March 18th how Police shortage is impacting cities across America and suggested that every time the economy gets better, Law Enforcement has problems recruiting. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the growth for Police and Detectives as slower that average at 4% with the average growth rate of 7% for other professions. Add to this all the negative narrative about policing and we have an interesting dichotomy blooming of more data, less people which leads me to topic of this blog “How Technology Can Disrupt Gun Violence Cycles”.
There is a plethora of Technology available to Law Enforcement agencies today including Avionics, Biometrics, Body Armor, Communications, Crime Mapping, Detection and Surveillance, License Plate Readers just to name a few and it has become a tyranny of choice to know what the right technology is for the job. Below are some of the ways GunOps working in conjunction with other technologies like NIBIN and Shotspotter helps disrupt Gun Violence Cycles:
- Logically organize data based on G.E.T. “geography, event an time”.
- Share intelligence as shooters move around and so do the guns.
- Harnessing “big picture” analysis by examining gun recovery locations for both strategic and tactical deployment.
- Collaborate and cooperate as many agencies are chasing the same criminal.
- Show links between the forensic data and additional locations a firearm might have been used.
- Establish criminal patterns locally or across multi-jurisdictional boundaries such as adjoining cities, counties, or states.
- Allows Users to access data remotely to ensure that this mission critical information is “immediately available”.
In summary we are living in a world of big data and with shrinking human resources and continued pressure on budgets in Law Enforcement, it will take a regional approach to effectively fight gun violence and a combination of People, Process and Technology to tactically develop strategies to disrupt gun violence cycles like never before. To learn more click this link How Technology Can Disrupt Gun Violence Cycles