On Dec. 27, the Glendale Police sent a press release titled:
“Fire a shot, get caught.”
The idea was to spread the word about celebratory gunfire.
“The Glendale Police Department and the city of Glendale are committed to a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to unlawful discharges of a firearm. If caught, you will face felony charges and punishable by more than five years in prison,” the release said.
The release stressed the police had technology to fight unlawful gunfire.
“To help combat this problem, the Glendale Police Department utilizes ShotSpotter - a resource used by police to pinpoint the exact location where a gun has been fired.”
So how did it go?
Tiffany Ngalula, a Glendale Police spokeswoman, said between 6 p.m. Dec. 31, and 6 a.m. Jan. 1, the police received 16 separate ShotSpotter activations.
A total of 98 rounds were fired.
No arrests had been made, however.
“The activations are being investigated and followed up by our detectives and we hope to make arrests after evidence collected can be processed and investigations are completed,” said Ngalula.
According to the technology company’s website, “ShotSpotter gives officers an opportunity to make a greater impact on gun violence.
“By itself, it is not a cure-all, but when used as part of a comprehensive gun crime response strategy, it can contribute to positive outcomes for the police and the community.”
At shotspotter.com/results, the company boasts of 40-60% reductions in cities such as Chicago, Las Vegas and Oakland that use the device.
The Glendale Police Department has not released statistics related to ShotSpotter.
According to Jay O’Neill, a Glendale Police spokesman, “We’ve had ShotSpotter for almost 20 years. It has been a very valuable tool for us.”