gun violence

New England News
12:09 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

NYPD Latest To Use Gunshot Detection System That Had Springfield PD As Early Adopter

The New York City Police Department has announced it has started to use a gunshot detection system.  The rollout of the technology in the nation’s largest police department comes seven years after the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts started using the system called ShotSpotter.   

ShotSpotter uses acoustic sensors to pinpoint the location of gunfire and transmit the information within seconds to police dispatchers and to laptop computers in police cruisers. A map on the computer screen shows where the gun was fired and there is an audio recording of the shots.

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Capital Region News
12:54 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Urban Violence Claims Another Victim

Albany police cruisers appear as if they were guarding the makeshift corner vigil near 139 Quail Street.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As the city of Albany struggles to cope with a rash of gun violence and a perceived sense of danger on uneasy streets, there have been public discussions, candlelight vigils, makeshift memorials... and another murder.

On Monday, at approximately 3:45 p.m., officers answered a call at 139 Quail Street, a rough-hewn residential area not far from the state capitol and city hall downtown. Within a short time, a city block was marked with yellow crime scene tape and traffic in both directions detoured.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Congressional Corner with Elizabeth Esty


  The Newtown massacre is as raw today as it was two years ago.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Sandy Hook was only the beginning.

Capital Region News
3:55 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Shots Fired... Albany Reacts

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Shaken by yet another round of gun crime in Albany, elected officials, community leaders and private citizens gathered together for a downtown brainstorming session Tuesday.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Crime Is Down In Springfield But New Police Commissioner Cautions About Expectations

Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri
Credit City of Springfield

Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri — on the job just five weeks — has made his first public report.  Crime is down in Massachusetts’ third- largest city and the police commissioner has a plan to keep it that way.

Police Commissioner Barbieri told the Springfield City Council’s Public Safety Committee Tuesday night that he is making “incremental changes” as part of a five-point reorganization plan designed to make the police department more pro-active in preventing crime.

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New York News
6:15 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Gun Violence "Forums" - Effective Tool Or Waste Of Time?

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Various communities across New York have played host to  forums that purport to address gun violence.

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Central New York News
6:55 am
Mon May 19, 2014

'Shots Fired' Forum To Be Held in Utica

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  Cities across the U.S. have been seeing an uptick in gun violence – the problem is being addressed by community activists in Utica.

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Capital Region News
1:49 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

City Shootings Linked To Gang Activity

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Residents of one area city have been dreading the warmer weather, fearing it will lead to increased street shootings. Police believe they have identified what triggered the gun violence, and they think the string is over.

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Capital Region News
2:36 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Albany, Troy Host Public Forums Tonight

Credit WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

Two public events in the Capital Region addressing quality of life issues are being held tonight - the second in a series of "Community Conversations" about gun violence is scheduled for this evening at the Albany Public Library's John Howe Branch 16 Schuyler St. ( about 3 blocks away from where the city's most-recent gun fatality occurred)  Community activist Marlon Anderson leads the forum which kicks off at 6:30 p.m.  

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Capital Region News
12:49 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Community Forum On Gun Violence

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The meeting was led by former mayoral candidate and community activist Marlon Anderson, who believes community commitment is key to solving gun violence and conquering Albany's "gun culture." Anderson told the gathering he wanted their ideas. He circulated a clipboard around the room so meeting-goers could jot down their concerns and suggestions.

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