ShotSpotter and what it can do for Sacramento, CA

What is ShotSpotter?

In Sacramento, CA officials are looking at and raising money to install several systems to pinpoint gunshot locations to better protect the streets. A gunshot locator or gunfire location system; also known as ShotSpotter, is a device that uses optics and acoustics to locate where a gun has been fired, the information is then relayed onto a map giving its general location. These sensors are usually used by law enforcement, the military and security companies.


The facts

Having lived in Sacramento most of my life I’ve heard my fair share of gunfire. In 2011 California had the highest gun related murders at 68%. 4,638 were suicide and 3,752 were murder. That is even with California’s strict gun laws. More than 80% of gunshots are not reported to 9-1-1. That is a measly 20% being reported.

ShotSpotter has been installed in 46 different cities and when the data was analyzed between all the cities all 46 saw a median of 12.8% reduction of gunfire with in a year. San Francisco, Ca being down a whopping 38.6% all on its own. Because of Sacramento, CA many budget cuts to their police departments, ShotSpotter would allow the police force to do more with less. It would be an aid to their efforts to clean up the streets and make the neighborhoods safe again. More college age students would feel safer about enrolling and attending their classes knowing that the police would get there quicker if there ever was an attack. From 1999 to the present there have been a total of 16 gun related incidents at schools, 41 injuries and 13 fatalities. While that is in the whole of California, it is important to remember that gun crime doesn’t just happen in Sacramento. These are just a few reasons why ShotSpotter would be a great addition to Sacramento’s police force.


How would ShotSpotter help the City of Sacramento?

    • Keeps the police safer
    • police would be able to respond to victims of gun crimes even if they don’t call 9-1-1
    • quicker response time
    • a better idea where the gun crime is in an area
    • help keep kids safer
    • More arrests due to quicker response time
    • Less criminals on the street due to quick arrests
    • Less illegal gun ownership
    • repeat offenders will be caught…again
    • more gun crimes will get solved or better yet they won’t even happen
    • safer schools or public hangouts


How it has helped already?

In June of 2015 the first ShotSpotter was installed. Since its installation 454 gunshots have been detected but only about 90 shots have been called in. Most times the victims don’t report being shot either. The City of Sacramento Police are currently asking for $165,000 to keep ShotSpotter going in South Sacramento and are asking for $210,000 to install it in North Sacramento. Think about how much this system would help aid the police in protecting our neighborhoods, our kids! By installing this system, the police would be able to prevent more crime instead of responding to it.


5 Signature Sacramento Cocktails


Cocktails are coming back in a big way, and Sacramento has seen a surge of new bars and signature drinks coming through. While it’s hard to beat a good Old Fashioned, there are some truly unique drinks coming out of the city that are simply signature Sacramento. Here are five you need to try today:



Served at Grange, home of Executive Chef Oliver Ridgeway, this culinary event carries on its menu specialties beyond its expertly prepared plates. The shrub is a gin drink that adds in champagne vinegar, pink peppercorns, basil, lemon, and prosecco. Plus, local California strawberries. After all, nothing is better than fresh strawberries. The whole thing makes for a slightly pleasantly tart and herbaceous drink that’s a perfect compliment to a plate of buffalo pork ribs or beer steamed mussels.


Krakow Salt Mine

Sliding across the bar at the Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar, you’ll find the vodka drink under the “juicy” section of the bar menu. It features apple cider lemon, ginger beer, simple syrup, and kosher salt. It’s a cocktail that will seem familiar in flavor in that kind of way where you can’t place it, and that’s exactly the point. Enjoy a zingy riff on on profile you know you love, and maybe try some rabbit bolognese if you’re feeling adventurous.


Cin/Van Old Fashioned

Hook and Ladder does an Old Fashioned that might as well be dessert – in the best possible way. Starting off with a splash of bourbon that’s just recently returned to the US, this fresh twist on a true cocktail classic substitutes the sugar cube for cinnamon vanilla syrup and splashes on some aromatic vanilla-ango bitters. It’s not necessarily a sweeter drink that it’s spicy but subtly fruity older brother, but familiar vanilla makes it warm and reassuring – perfect for letting your meal settle or just for a quality drink at the end of a long day.


Venezuelan Sour

The Shady Lady Saloon is arguably the city’s best spot for cocktails, and they rotate them out seasonally. That means the Venezuelan Sour might not be there for too long, but there’s no doubt you’ll bind something amazing to replace it. If you can get there while it’s still on the menu, though, this upscale spin on the sour drink is well worth it. Mixing fresh lemon juice, rum, a pinch of sugar, a dash of vanilla extract, and egg whites, this sweet, tart, frothy drink is a little familiar, a little exotic, and a lot refreshing and delicious.


Habanero Hottie

At Pour House, beer is often a feature, but if you glance a bit lower on the menu under the “swill” section, you will find some truly incredible craft cocktails. The Habanero Hottie uses habanero infused tequila, ancho reyes chili liqueur, honey, and lime to bring you a tongue tingling and surprisingly sweet sensation. It’s not as scary as it sounds, but it’s certainly not a drink that likes to be ignored. If you order one for yourself, be prepared for it to be the main event.