Needs Improvement

Percentage of Robberies and Aggravated Assaults Committed with Firearms

Target

Less than 56 percent of all robbery offenses involve the use of a firearm and less than 43 percent of all aggravated assault offenses involve the use of a firearm.

Analysis

The 65.4 percent of robbery incidents for Jul-Dec 2018 is virtually identical to 65.7 percent rate for the same period in 2017. While the rate for commercial robberies went down 4.0 percentage points, individual robberies went up 2.0 points. The 50.6 percent of aggravated assault incidents for Jul-Dec 2018 is down significantly from the 55.9 percent rate for the same period in 2017. This led to even fewer victims of firearm related incidents by a figure of 7.7 percentage points, relatively speaking.

Next Steps

The Durham Police Department will continue to maintain and strengthen its partnership with Federal law enforcement agencies and Federal prosecutors that concentrate on illegal gun possession and distribution.  The Police Department will also utilize its newly acquired IBIS (Inter Ballistic Identification System) to link historical cases to recovered weapons.  This will allow the department to clear past cases and identify gun users for stronger prosecutions.  While not specifically designed for gun crimes, the Department’s plans to purchase NC4 Street Smart will be very beneficial to Patrol for how they respond to gun crimes.  It is a highly effective collaboration and intelligence tool for all kinds of crimes, including gun crimes. Lastly, the Police Department will explore the possibility of purchasing a “ShotSpotter” system that better locates the origin of gunfire in an area.  With enhanced ability to respond to the sound of shots fired more accurately and more quickly, there is a high likelihood of recovering more weapons and identifying shell casings that link to other offenses involving firearms.

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