MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With the goal of reducing rising gun violence, Fort Lauderdale has established a local “Law Enforcement Gun Crime Intelligence Center”.
They are funded almost half a million dollars.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said: “The center will be home to a strategic law enforcement team whose sole focus is on armed violence in the targeted area around the city center. city.
The plan is for a team of 40 people, consisting of 23 detectives who will focus solely on gun violence and six detectives who will focus on drugs and gun violence.
It will also expand the “ShotSpotter” program that deploys sensors that detect gunfire and notify police immediately.
ShotSpotter is said to have rushed police to the scene of this Easter Sunday shooting that left two children injured. Shell casings were included in the “National Integrated Ballistic Information Network”, or NIBIN as it was known.
“In that shooting, it analyzed 148 shell casings,” said Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Larry Scirotto.
After analyzing those 148 casings, the system found 14 different guns used under the ATF.
This technology is called “bullet fingerprinting”.
“It’s going to try to connect that pod and that gun to other shootings, across the country and where it’s connected, it’s going to be for our investigators to direct,” Sheriff Scirotto said. .
He says crime is on a downward trend this year and bullet tracks and ShotSpotter are important tools, adding that more than 90% of their gun calls come from ShotSpotter notifications.
“We have three shots per day, three shootings per day, and between October last year and October of this year, we made 32 arrests, recovered 39 weapons,” said Sheriff Scirotto. .
Funds will also go to the Broward State Attorney’s office to help with the prosecution.
Funds will also be used for a public awareness campaign to reduce gun violence. Fort Lauderdale will work with other local, state and federal agencies.
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