Southeastern Metro Agency Quickly Responds to Gun-Related Crimes
November 15, 2023
With Flock Safety Raven® Audio Detection and Flock Safety Falcon® LPR As a Result of Collaborative Onboarding and Training
Between 2019-2022, the department faced an alarming increase in homicides, predominantly from gun violence. Regulatory shifts in 2020 and staffing shortfalls intensified the crisis, underscoring the need for a technological advantage.
With the Flock Safety Falcon® LPR cameras already in their toolkit, assisting in the apprehension of numerous violent offenders and the recovery of firearms, the agency identified a clear link between stolen vehicles and gun-related offenses. Eager to amplify its proactive measures, the department integrated the Flock Safety Raven® gunshot detection tool to enhance its commitment to curbing gun violence.
Getting to the scene faster than 911
Even though nearly 88% of gunshots fly under the radar, Flock Safety Raven® empowered the department to self-dispatch and reach gun-related crime scenes in the absence of or before 911 calls were received, ensuring faster, more decisive action.
Preserving and uncovering crucial evidence
Shell casings recovered due to Flock Safety Raven® alerts became the backbone of many investigations, bridging the gap between varying crime scenes, weapons, and common offenders.
Collecting more than shell casings
Using Flock Safety Raven® and Flock Safety Falcon® LPR cameras together meant that for every gunshot detected, the department could secure vehicular evidence from the scene, catalyzing case resolutions.
Collaborative Onboarding and Training: A Key to Success
The program’s success was due in part to onboarding and training sessions offered by Flock Safety in collaboration with PD leadership. A specialized Customer Success Manager (CSM)—a former law enforcement professional—steered the department through comprehensive virtual training sessions, which gave officers an insightful understanding of the Falcon and Raven systems, and how they work together.
The training equipped officers to take immediate action on Flock Safety Raven® alerts, often preceding central dispatch or 911 intervention, and approach investigations with layered audio, LPR, and location-based evidence.
Tips for Replicating Success
The alliance between the PD and Flock Safety has birthed a new era in crime-solving capabilities. For any law enforcement agency aspiring to replicate this success, the Captain and Flock Safety’s CSM recommend the following steps:
• Ensure active alerts by choosing “Audio Detection” and the Flock Safety Raven® network. • Familiarize yourself with the audio of the gunshots for an informed response. • Use the LPR Search feature in tandem with Flock Safety Raven® alerts to locate suspect vehicles in the investigative process. • Get acquainted with alert displays, both in Hot List and Map views. • Understand how to download audio files for evidence.
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