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Saturday, June 10, 2023 14:36

Chicago Crime: What happens if the city terminates the ShotSpotter contract?  The IL Answers Project saw it

CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago is still deciding whether to terminate its multi-million dollar contract with the Shotspotter, which is due to expire in February 2024.

The city has used the controversial service since 2018, to alert police to gunshots. However, the report from the Chicago inspector general “does not support the conclusion that the ShotSpotter is an effective tool in developing evidence of gun-related crimes.” Among IG's findings, analyzed by Illinois Answer Projectonly 9.1% of the more than 50,000 ShotSpotter alerts found evidence of a gun-related crime.

Mayor Brandon Johnson vowed during his mayoral campaign that he would cancel his contract with SoundThinking – the company behind ShotSpotter. If Johnson keeps his word, it will become the largest city to cancel a contract with the company in its 26-year history.

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You can read more about the impact of this pending decision at illinoisanswers.org.

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