Technology to Address Violence Webinar

On October 7, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET, the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) initiative hosted a webinar on law enforcement technology titled “Technology Integration to Address Violence.” This webinar explored how SPI sites are using multiple technologies, combined with evidence-based strategies, to improve responses to violence. The technologies under focus included gunshot detection systems, CCTVs and mobile surveillance units along with the use of Real-Time Crime Centers. By integrating technologies, these sites hope to improve the coordination and sharing of data, boost the quality of evidence and investigation of violent crimes, and expand collaboration with partners.  

This webinar featured three SPI sites (Detroit, MI; Wilmington, DE; and St. Louis, MO) and discussed various technologies and experiences with integrating them into police operations, identify challenges and how the challenges were overcome as well as success stories related to violence reduction, and describe the research for assessing impact.

Webinar Presenters:

  • Director Trisha Stein, City of Detroit
  • Inspector Cecilia Ashe, Wilmington Police Department
  • Emily Blackburn, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
  • Dennis Mares, Southern Illinois University
  • Jonathan Lewin, First Responder Network Authority