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City of Bell Gardens Police
Thursday June 28th, 2012 :: 02:07 p.m. PDT


Police activity in Location/Area. 4th of July and celebratory gun-fire.

Date: June 28, 2012
Attn: Los Angeles County – Bell Gardens Media Outlets
Subject: Bell Gardens Police Department to Enforce Reduction of Celebratory Gunfire During
July 4th Holiday by Using ShotSpotter Gunfire Data and Alerts

What: Celebratory gunfire remains a problem in many cities, particularly during the holiday season, and sadly, it can often have tragic results when innocent people are hit by the bullets and injured or killed. The reality is that any bullet discharged from a gun, even into the sky, must land at some location, and the risks are significant for injury or death.

Why: The Bell Gardens Police Department is committed to its policy of zero tolerance of illegal gun use and its initiative to combat gun violence in our communities. Enabling safety, security and the environment to have quality of life and vitality in our communities is our mission and commitment.

During this July 4th Holiday, the police department will be deploying patrol officers in specific areas of the city that have the highest amount of gunshot and firework activity recorded by the ShotSpotter gunfire alert and analysis solution in recent months and last year’s July 4th. Officers will respond to all ShotSpotter activations in these areas and arrest anyone caught discharging a firearm in public. As normal, officers will also be deployed throughout the city to maintain the peace, prevent crime and violence, and arrest drunk drivers.

How: The Bell Gardens Police Department utilizes the ShotSpotter gunfire alert and analysis solution to detect and locate gunfire incidents and gather gunfire intelligence and data to fight crime and violence in Bell Gardens. The solution provides real-time and immediate gunshot location data, enabling informed decisions for faster and more accurate emergency response, while improving situational intelligence and increasing first responder safety. The ShotSpotter gunfire alert data and intelligence also provides Bell Gardens PD with more forensic evidence leading to more thorough investigations and increased prosecutions for gun-related crime, in addition to enhancing crime analysis and data-driven policing capabilities, helping improve public safety and security.

Media Contacts:
Jeff Travis, Captain 562 596-9038

City of Bell Gardens Police
7100 Garfield Ave
Bell Gardens, CA 90201

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 562-806-7615

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