CLEVELAND – The latest crime statistics from the Cleveland Police Department show gun arrests are up 120% citywide and confiscated guns are up 89% so far in 2021 compared to at the same time last year.
The increase in police enforcement action comes at a time when homicides are up about 38% through May 1, compared to May 1, 2020.
Cleveland Safety Committee Chairman Blaine Griffin praised Cleveland Police for their efforts to get more guns off the streets and said tests of the ShotSpotter system in a three square mile area of the Fourth District of Cleveland police played a role in gun control. violence.
“The proliferation of guns in this community is a problem,” Griffin said. “The ShotSpotter system helped deploy officers and they were able to confiscate several weapons that way.”
“Gun violence only wreaks havoc and every day I get calls about people who have been shot in their homes.”
“Just yesterday, several people called me to tell me it was almost like they were playing Grand Theft Auto in the middle of the neighborhood.”
Griffin said the ShotSpotter system uses sound sensors to help law enforcement agencies track and locate where shots are fired, and get police to the scene faster.
Rob Render, president of the East 128 Street Block Club, told News 5 the system was another way to report gunfire and improve police response.
“So if you can nail it down a few blocks or several hundred feet, it’ll be a lot better than me to guess where the shots are coming from,” Render said.
“Shots are fired at night, I hear them all the time, you are afraid of death. People who normally would not be afraid at all, are now terrified of getting caught in a fire. cross.”
Michael Polnesek, a member of the Cleveland Safety Committee, agreed the ShotSpotter system shows promise, but is hopeful that private funds can be found to help offset the cost of the program.
Polensek said the results of the system were assessed last week and said a final assessment of whether the program will be extended to other neighborhoods will take place in early 2022.
“The commander there thinks it works, the officers in the Fourth District think it works,” Polensek said.
“The huge number of calls coming in for shots, I mean you’d swear you were in a war zone when you look at those numbers.”
“We’re currently billed $ 65,000 per square mile, that’s what it costs us annually, and then we have to pay an installation fee of $ 10,000.”
“Chicago is 117 square miles, New York is 90 square miles. We will have to see if we have to expand next year. “
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