Pittsburgh is expanding their ShotSpotter coverage by 15 square miles after successful testing. This gunshot monitoring system has quadrupled the number of gunfire notifications in local neighborhoods and improved police response times.
Since January 2015, ShotSpotter has detected 2,399 incidents of gunfire in the Zone 5 neighborhoods it spans, including 1,294 alerts for multiple gunshots, 843 for a single gunshot and 262 for possible gunshots.— Project Succeeded
The Pittsburgh Police Dept. is developing a predictive analytics program and policing strategy to predict crime hot spots and prevent serious violent crimes. A neural network model predicts locations that will likely have crime flare-ups in the following week.
The Micro-Enterprise Loan Program started in 2018 by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh offers loans of up to $20,000 to businesses citywide to promote opportunities for those who historically have not had ready access to early-stage business startup capital.
Portland launched mobile hygiene stations to clean up homeless camps. The station has two portable toilets, a garbage can, lockers, and hand-washing stations. Sanitation services will improve the health of homeless people at these camps.
As part of its effort to get more people to vote by mail, the Contra Costa County Elections Office will now allow residents to sign up for ballots by simply texting the elections office.