Detroit, MI ShotStoppers initiative supports community-led efforts at gun violence reduction
The ShotStoppers program incentivizes neighborhood groups' community violence intervention (CVI) efforts. Successful applicants combine outreach, mediation, and service navigation within their defined CVI zones. Detroit provides grants of up to $700,000 per organization based on measurable impacts on gun violence. City officials approved the use of federal ARPA funds for the two-year program with enough funds for five grant recipients per year.
Baltimore, MD evaluates violence prevention efforts with its Public Safety Accountability Dashboard
The Microsoft Power BI dashboard supports accountability requirements in the Comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan. The Crime Summary tab provides year-to-year comparisons of homicides, violent crimes, and property crimes by neighborhood or police district. Interactive crime and arrest maps track data in both categories back to 2012. The dashboard includes a case disposition graph and a map of Community Violence Intervention partners.
Westminster City Council, GB deploys AI-supported cameras in campaign against illegal dumping
The city installed CCTV cameras connected to an AI-enabled platform at three illegal dumping hotspots. Each camera records nearby license plates during suspected illegal dumping incidents. Local law enforcement review CCTV footage and issue fines or pursue further action using data from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. This pilot supports the council's Coordinated Community Response strategy for collaborative responses to anti-social behavior.
Westminster City Council, GB
Stirling, WA expands CCTV network across residential and commercial properties with rebate program
The CCTV rebate program covers up to 30% of the cost of new camera installations with a maximum payment of AUD 500. Eligible properties provide clear views of public spaces like roads or sidewalks with installation completed after October 1, 2022. Participants must maintain equipment for at least one year and register with the state's Police Force CCTV Register. This project complements an expanded network of city-owned cameras in gathering visual evidence and deterring crime.
Tijuana, BN improves its response to domestic violence threats with Botón Morado mobile app
Fourteen percent of 911 calls in Tijuana involve domestic violence situations. The Botón Morado - Purple Button - app allows women under threat to request police response without making calls. Local dispatchers confirm the nature of the threat, current location, and perpetrator information as officers are on the way. The app assists Tijuana with identifying new domestic violence threats and ensuring compliance with protective orders.
Milpitas, CA counters recent rise in catalytic converter thefts with protection incentive program
City officials approved $200,000 from its federal ARPA allotment for a three-month voucher program. Local residents were eligible for up to $400 in theft deterrence work by participating mechanics. Vouchers were used for the installation of protective plating or rebar cages around catalytic converters. Mechanics could accept up to $10,000 each in vouchers with additional costs covered by residents. The Milpitas Police Department confirmed residency through an in-person registration process.
Gainesville, FL integrates BRASSTRAX technology into shooting investigation process
The Gainesville City Council funded the BRASSTRAX purchase with federal ARPA funds. BRASSTRAX creates 2D and 3D images of shell cases gathered from crime scenes. These images are compared with evidence submitted to a central database by participating departments. Investigating officers receive matching data in hours rather than days with the previous process. Gainesville police anticipate sharing the technology with neighboring departments for a more detailed database.
Vancouver, BC responds to increase in single-room occupancy fires with fire safety pilot
City officials approved a CAD 110,000 pilot following a doubling in SRO fires from 2018 to 2022. The one-year project will build partnerships between the fire department and fire safety peers in 18 SRO buildings. Each fire safety peer works with firefighters on outreach and training fellow residents about fire hazards. The fire safety pilot also calls for annual fire drills, improved escape plans, and ongoing surveys of resident concerns.
National City, CA anticipates future police officer turnover with new hire incentive program
The two-year program offers $30,000 bonuses to experienced officers hired from other departments. This incentive is divided into $10,000 increments at hire, following the probationary period, and after two years of service in National City. Local officials anticipate a savings of $45,000 per hire because experienced officers do not attend the city's six-month police academy. National City modeled this incentive after a comparable recruitment effort for police dispatchers.
National City, CA
Boulder County, CO deploys Pano AI solution for early detection of future wildfires
The Boulder County Sheriff's Office installed Pano AI systems at Eldora Mountain, Lee Hill, and Thorodin Mountain. Each system gathers 360-degree footage from a 10-mile radius for AI analysis. Pano AI's platform uses panoramic views, satellite images, and past wildfire data for the early identification of wildfires. Automated alerts from Pano AI provide firefighters with the lead time necessary to suppress wildfires before they spread.
Boulder County, CO
Grand Traverse County, MI responds to non-emergency situations with Citizen Online Reporting Portal
The County Sheriff's Office introduced the portal as it balances limited resources with a growing population. A form powered by LexisNexis Coplogic generates tickets for non-emergency incidents ranging from lost property to identity theft. Residents can use this portal for incidents taking place within the county without known suspects. County officials anticipate the replacement of up to 10% of calls by online reports, thus freeing staff for investigations.
Grand Traverse County, MI
Schenectady, NY adds Pathfinder software to police vehicles for improved patrol management
Pathfinder supports live mobile reports by officers about their patrol routes and notable community interactions. Officers on subsequent shifts can review reports on their tablets and patrol new areas within their assigned zones. Schenectady worked with local developer Transfinder on a three-month pilot involving three patrol cars. The pilot's success led to Pathfinder's installation across its 25-vehicle fleet in January 2023.