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.
Approach The majority of gun violence occurring in cities across America has a small geographic footprint, with the majority of shootings happening in underserved neighborhoods experiencing high unemployment rates, poverty, racial segregation, and lack of access to quality education.1Aliza Aufrichtig et al., “Want to Fix Gun… Read More
Deploy credible messengers to identify conflict, intervene to prevent violence, and provide social services to high-risk individuals.
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, https://brook.gs/2J7zgej. have the goal of accurately detecting… Read More
Invest in audio-sensing technology to alert law enforcement to when and where a gun has been fired.
Approach Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (HVIPs) aim to reduce retaliation and recidivism among patients being treated for violent injuries by providing in-hospital services and follow-up care through intensive, community-based case management. For every firearm homicide, there are three people wounded in a firearm assault who need hospital care1… Read More
Deploy case managers in hospitals to coordinate wraparound services for survivors of gunshot wounds to reduce retaliation and re-injury.
Approach Cohesion across key stakeholders and strategies is particularly important to ensuring city gun violence prevention, and Mayor’s Offices of Gun Violence Prevention can play a key role in this. Commissioned by a Mayor, these offices coordinate, develop, and uplift gun violence prevention efforts occurring across the city. Important first… Read More
Establish a centralized office to coordinate key stakeholders and strategies to effectively and sustainably reduce gun violence.
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, https://www.crimesolutions.gov/PracticeDetails.aspx?ID=11; RAND Corporation, “Focused Deterrence,” accessed June 3, 2019, http://bit.ly/2MYB2zp. The focused deterrence framework, which… Read More
Convene law enforcement, social service providers, and community members to provide social supports to group-involved individuals.
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.
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.
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.
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.