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Tech To Fight Gun Violence: Bratton Joins ShotSpotter Board

SST talks tech to fight gun violence



    Jodi Hernandez
    Bill Bratton walking on Oakland streets in March 2013.

    The Silicon Valley company using technology to try and track gun shots just got a big vote of confidence from the law enforcement community: Bill Bratton, former Los Angeles chief of police and former New York city and Boston police commissioners, is coming on board.

    Specifically, Bratton, who also recently became a consultant to the city of Oakland, is joining the board of directors of SST, the Newark-based maker of ShotSpotter technology. This company makes technology to figure out  the source of  gunshots as quickly as possible. Bratton, who created CompStat, a way to use data to identify crime hot spots, seems a natural fit.

    Ralph Clark, CEO of SST, released this statement on the company's blog today: "Bill and I share the view that reducing gun violence, and the criminal activity that accompanies gun violence, starts with actionable data which allows law enforcement and communities a more effective and directed response in reducing gun violence and creating safer neighborhoods."

    Big Data is everywhere these days, a way to uses technology to track everything from our shopping habits, to how effective hitters are on day games in baseball. Using it to track and fight crime?

    It's worth a shot.

    Scott can be found on Twitter: @scottbudman