Chicago will not renew ShotSpotter contract, Mayor Johnson says

CHICAGO — Mayor Brandon Johnson announced Tuesday that Chicago is not renewing the city’s ShotSpotter contract.

The mayor said the contract with ShotSpotter’s owner, “SoundThinking,” ends on Friday — but the technology itself will work until Sept. 22. Officers will have access to SpotShotter throughout the summer and during the Democratic National Convention in August.

Johnson said over the next months, law enforcement and community leaders will assess other gun violence prevention tools and give recommendations. He also said the Chicago Police Department will implement new gun violence response training and strategies.

The following statement was released Tuesday by the mayor’s office:

The City of Chicago will not renew its contract with SoundThinking that expires
February 16, 2024, and will decommission the use of ShotSpotter technology on September
22, 2024. During the interim period, law enforcement and other community safety
stakeholders will assess tools and programs that effectively increase both safety and trust,
and issue recommendations to that effect.

In advance of the decommissioning in September, the Chicago Police Department will work
to revamp operations within the Strategic Decision Support Centers, implement new
training and further develop response models to gun violence that ultimately reduce
shootings and increase accountability.

Moving forward, the City of Chicago will deploy its resources on the most effective
strategies and tactics proven to accelerate the current downward trend in violent crime.
Doing this work, in consultation with community, violence prevention organizations and
law enforcement, provides a pathway to a better, stronger, safer Chicago for all.

Mayor’s Press Office  

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