A new project to reduce gun violence in East Palo Alto has received a $300,000 "Smart Policing Initiative" grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The project -- "Using a Place-Based Technology to Address Shootings in East Palo Alto" -- will study ShotSpotter technology that pinpoints where gunfire occurs.
The project will look at how police strategies have changed since the city began using the ShotSpotter system; to understand the nature and context of shootings in East Palo Alto and identify hot spots; and to develop policing tactics to help prevent gunfire and develop targeted responses.
East Palo Alto has used ShotSpotter technology since 2009 to immediately respond to locations of gunfire and to obtain evidence, such as the number of rounds fired, the precise location of the incident, and the time and duration of the incident.
The East Palo Alto study is being undertaken in partnership with the Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the Berkeley Law School.
The federal Smart Policing Initiative provides funding to cities to collect and analyze data and devise solutions to such problems as street robberies, juvenile prescription drug abuse, repeat violent offenders and neighborhood drug markets. Nearly 30 cities nationwide have received grants, including in the California cities of Glendale, Los Angeles, Indio and San Diego.