ShotSpotter Update and Opinion
It is with a sense of ambivalence that we inform you that ShotSpotter went live today. While we are thankful to Jon Cooper and others who have helped to make this happen, we are saddened that it has become necessary. We certainly hope that our local politicians do not hold their typical photo ops or press conferences to brag about this. We understand that this may be a useful tool, but we do not see this as a solutions to the problems we face. It may be a good step, but remember it is only useful when shots are fired. It may help to decrease the violence longterm, but in the meantime it will further lower our property values. We would like our electeds to strive for better on our behalf. We want them to solve the root causes of our problems and not just believe that they can arrest their way out of this violence. In solving problems you can be reactive such as Shotspotter or you can be proactive and address the issues before they become problems.
Without a sincere effort at code enforcement, we will not see the end to our problems. Until our local government stops harboring slumlords and enforces the law, ShotSpotter will always be necessary. We don’t want to seem ungrateful for the efforts it took to make this happen, we understand it was not easy. For now, we will reserve our admiration and gratitude for the day when all levels of government come together, across party lines and stop kowtowing to special interest groups, slumlords, criminals and others who want to profit off our misfoutune. When our local government makes a sincere effort to enforce the codes and make our streets safe encough where public schools don’t need to be closed, we will be the first to shout Thank you. Until then, we will just announce that ShotSpotter went live today.