Law Enforcement-Led

Intimate Partner Violence Intervention

Approach Intimate partner violence (IPV), frequently called domestic violence, is a serious public health problem that affects millions of Americans, with far-reaching impacts not only for individual victims, but also for their families, their communities, and our economy.1“Intimate Partner Violence,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, October… Read More

Convene law enforcement, social service providers, and community members to provide support to survivors and deter abusers from engaging in violence.

Submit Crime Gun Ballistics

Approach Ballistic evidence plays a critical role in preventing, investigating, and prosecuting gun crimes. Evidence such as spent cartridges or fired bullets collected from a crime scene can be used to link a specific weapon to the crime, and at a broader level, comparing ballistic evidence collected from multiple crime… Read More

Develop investigative leads by submitting ballistic evidence to the FBI’s National Integrated Ballistic Information Network for analysis.

Gunshot Detection

Approach Acoustic gunshot detection systems, which have been adopted by more than 90 US jurisdictions,1Jillian B. Carr and Jennifer L. Doleac, “The Geography, Incidence, and Underreporting of Gun Violence: New Evidence Using ShotSpotter Data,” The Brookings Institution, April 2016, 4-5, have the goal of accurately detecting and… Read More

Invest in audio-sensing technology to alert law enforcement to when and where a gun has been fired.

Extreme Risk Law Implementation

Approach Local policymakers, law enforcement, courts, and social service providers should work together to implement Extreme Risk laws, which create new court processes that can prevent gun violence tragedies and save lives. Passage and enactment of Extreme Risk laws are only the first steps to preventing gun violence. To effectively… Read More

Implement laws at the local level through cross-agency coordination, public awareness campaigns, and training.

Focused Deterrence Programs

Approach Focused deterrence programs (also known as “pulling levers” policing) are problem-oriented policing strategies that are rooted in deterrence theory.1National Institute of Justice, “Practice Profile: Focused Deterrence Strategies,”  accessed June 3, 2019,; RAND Corporation, “Focused Deterrence,” accessed June 3, 2019, The focused deterrence framework, which… Read More

Convene law enforcement, social service providers, and community members to provide social supports to group-involved individuals.

Track Gun Violence

Approach Cities generate data about gun crime and violence within their boundaries daily, including the characteristics of gun violence victims and perpetrators, the types of guns recovered by law enforcement, and case dispositions that may prohibit an individual from possessing a firearm. Cities have continually demonstrated that establishing a robust… Read More

Collect and analyze fatal and non-fatal shooting data to monitor gun violence, target resources, and inform policy and program decisions.

Trace Every Crime Gun

Approach Firearms tracing, which involves tracking the movement of a gun recovered by law enforcement from its first sale by the manufacturer to its first retail purchaser, is a key strategy for addressing gun violence.1Crime Gun Intelligence Centers, “Crime Gun Tracing,” accessed June 19, 2019, … Read More

Develop investigative leads by submitting every crime gun to the ATF’s National Tracing Center for analysis.

Secure Gun Storage

Approach City leaders and their partners should encourage and educate gun owners and the general public about secure gun storage to make their homes and communities safer. They should also provide gun owners with the tools to securely store their guns. Such education, outreach, and tools are essential to protecting… Read More

Educate gun owners and the general public about secure gun storage to make their homes and communities safer.

Safe Passage

Approach An estimated 3 million children are exposed to gun violence, directly or indirectly, every year.1Everytown analysis derives this number by multiplying the share of children (aged 0 to 17) who are exposed to shootings per year (4 percent) by the total child population of the… Read More

Deploy school employees, volunteers, and/or professionals to provide students with safe routes to and from school in high-crime neighborhoods.

Problem-Solving Hot Spots

Approach Hot spots policing is a law enforcement strategies that focuses on small land areas with high crime rates.  To better address and prevent gun violence, law enforcement agencies focus their resources on very specific locations in a community or neighborhood.  By focusing on solving problems in small areas with… Read More

Utilize data and deploy law enforcement resources to the small geographic areas with the highest rates of gun violence.