Global Leader in Gunshot Detection, Location Alerting & Analysis

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ShotSpotter is the global leader in gunfire detection and location technology providing the most trusted, scalable and reliable gunfire alert and analysis available today.

ShotSpotter's deep domain experience, along with cumulative agency best practice experience, deliver measurable outcomes that help reduce gun violence. ShotSpotter possesses multiple patents resulting from nearly two decades of innovation in the area of acoustic location technology.

Founded 1996

Headquarters Newark, Calif., USA

Products ShotSpotter Flex, ShotSpotter SiteSecure, SecureCampus


Installations in
United States
and South Africa


square miles monitored in
the U.S. alone


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1. What is ShotSpotter?

  • ShotSpotter is gunshot detection technology that uses sophisticated acoustic sensors to detect, locate and alert law enforcement agencies and security personnel about illegal gunfire incidents in real-time. The digital alerts include a precise location on a map (latitude/longitude) with corresponding data such as the address, number of rounds fired, type of gunfire, etc. delivered to any browser-enabled smartphone or mobile laptop device as well as police vehicle MDC or desktop. This information is key to better protecting officers by providing them with increased tactical awareness. It also enables law enforcement agencies to better connect with their communities and bolsters their mission to protect and serve.

2. Who uses ShotSpotter and what type of cities use it?

  • ShotSpotter is used in more than 85 cities across the United States and one city in South Africa. It is highly regarded by law enforcement agencies as a critical component in their gun violence prevention and reduction strategies. The customer base for ShotSpotter includes a diverse set of cities -- by size, geography and socio-economic standards. Police departments and security personnel are the primary users of ShotSpotter, while the data has proven to be valuable to prosecutors in court cases and to elected city officials for community engagement and smart city initiatives.

3. How does ShotSpotter work?

  • ShotSpotter uses acoustic sensors that are strategically placed in an array of approximately 20 sensors per square mile. These sensors are connected wirelessly to ShotSpotter’s centralized, cloud-based application to reliably detect and accurately triangulate (locate) gunshots. Each acoustic sensor captures the precise time and audio associated with impulsive sounds that may represent gunfire. This data, from multiple sensors, is used to locate the incident, which is then filtered by sophisticated machine algorithms to classify the event as a potential gunshot. Expertly trained acoustic analysts, who are located and staffed in ShotSpotter’s 24x7 Incident Review Center, then further qualify those highlighted incidents. These analysts ensure and confirm that the events are in fact gunfire. In addition, the analysts can append the alert with other critical intelligence such as whether a full automatic weapon was fired and whether the shooter is on the move. This process typically takes no more than 45 seconds from the time of the actual shooting to the digital alert (with the precise location identified as a dot on a map) popping onto a screen of a computer in the 911 Call Center or on a police officer’s smartphone or mobile laptop.

4. How does ShotSpotter help law enforcement?

  • ShotSpotter helps protect officers by rapidly notifying them of gunshot crimes in progress with real-time data delivered to dispatch centers, patrol cars and even smartphones and tablets. Nearly eight out of ten gunfire events go unreported to 911. Police cannot respond effectively if unaware of an incident. Having a ShotSpotter alert come in with contextual information enhances officer safety and effectiveness with critical intelligence such as: real-time access to maps of shooting locations and gunshot audio; actionable intelligence detailing the number of shooters and the number of shots fired; accurate and precise locations for first responders who are aiding victims; and searching for evidence and interviewing witnesses.

    With ShotSpotter, officers can more quickly arrive at the scene of a crime with an increased level of safety because they know exactly where the gunfire took place. In many cases, an officer can arrive with the shooter still at the crime scene or if the criminal has fled, shell casings and/or other evidence can be recovered and used for investigative and potential prosecution purposes and key witnesses can be interviewed at the crime scene.

5. Does ShotSpotter replace police officers?

  • This investment in technology should not be considered an either/or decision. The fact is, police departments need both manpower and technology. ShotSpotter is a tool that augments and enhances the existing manpower as a force multiplier to improve both the timeliness and quality of response. By pinpointing the precise location of gunshot incidents, and by more accurately tracking geographic patterns underlying gun violence, limited law enforcement resources can be deployed more effectively and more proactively. This technology is capable of something that no amount of manpower can accomplish, which is to comprehensively report in real-time all outdoor illegal gunfire occurring in a ShotSpotter coverage area.

6. I heard ShotSpotter failed in a couple of cities. Is this true?

  • There has never been a single city where ShotSpotter did not technically work (i.e. - detecting, locating and alerting on illegal gunfire).

    ShotSpotter has gained valuable experience in more than 85 cities across the United States and one city in South Africa, and with proven best practices has shown that integrating ShotSpotter into an overall gunfire reduction strategy with other policing programs works. We also know that cities that do not implement standard best practices do not have the highest success rate. The bottom line is that cities following best practices experience a positive outcome in their gunfire reduction strategies and often achieve measurable year-over-year reductions in gunfire activity.

    The very few cities that did not have a positive experience had suboptimal deployment strategies and poor practices around the following:
    • too small a deployment area to effectively drive the procedural change management necessary to have a meaningful impact;
    • Failure to respond to ShotSpotter gunfire alerts when they come into the PD and not responding to the precise location (the “dot on map”) that ShotSpotter indicated;
    • Not including ShotSpotter data as part of an overall gunfire intelligence and crime reduction program; and
    • Lack of community engagement – The most successful deployments have engaged communities to educate residents on the benefits of improved police response, working together to help reduce crime and empowering community members to feel safe in their own neighborhoods.

    In particular, here is a sampling of cities that have been successful in their overall gunfire crime reduction strategies, and have expanded their ShotSpotter service after initial deployment:
    • Camden, NJ – expanded from 2.5 to 7 square miles
    • Chicago, IL – expanded four times from 3 to more than 100 square miles
    • Denver, CO – expanded twice from 3 to 12.5 square miles
    • Fresno, CA – expanded twice to cover 14 square miles
    • Hartford, CT – expanded from 3 to 11.25 square miles
    • Nassau County, NY – expanded from 3 to 7 square miles
    • New York City, NY – expanded to cover 60 square miles after a 15-mile initial deployment
    • Oakland, CA – expanded three times, from 6 to 16 square miles
    • Peoria, IL – expanded from 3 to 6 square miles
    • Sacramento, CA – expanded 2 times from 3 to 7.8 square miles
    • San Francisco, CA – expanded 3 times to 14 square miles
    • Springfield, MA – expanded from 3 to 7 square miles
    • Wilmington, NC – expanded from 3 to 6 square miles

7. How does ShotSpotter provide value to its customers?

  • Saving lives and improving the quality of life in neighborhoods, while improving officer safety, is our number one mission. Furthermore, the health care costs of treating gunshot injuries cost nearly $630 million in 2010 with American society collectively paying these costs. In 2010, the total firearm assault injury costs were just under $630 million (Howell and Abraham 2013). Gun violence leads to higher associated costs across the criminal justice system because of prevention, investigation, court, and prison costs. All these factors translate into monetary costs for which the public and society at large pay.

    At ShotSpotter, we believe that we will be able to measurably reduce gun violence and improve public safety, and in the process, enhance the resiliency of the communities we serve. In the long term, the positive impact of improved public safety is reflected in better social and economic outcomes. For these reasons, we believe ShotSpotter is well worth the money.

8. How much does ShotSpotter cost?

  • ShotSpotter is an affordable, cloud-based service with an annual subscription fee that covers valuable services, as well as licenses and maintenance. The subscription fee varies based upon the scope and complexity of a customer's targeted coverage area. There is a one-time fee for service initiation and customer onboarding.

    A ShotSpotter subscription includes:
    • Incident Review Center – Staffed 24/7/365 by trained acoustic analysts who review and classify gunfire in mere seconds by distinguishing gunshots from other impulsive sounds. Included is additional contextual information such as multiple shooters, full automatic weapons, or moving shooter alerts;
    • ShotSpotter Integration Services – Enables customers to export ShotSpotter data to other law enforcement agency systems;
    • Data Analytics – Provides valuable information for Proactive Policing;
    • ShotSpotter Forensic Products – Supports customer investigation efforts and strengthens court cases, including: Forensic Audio Search, Enhanced Incident Reports, Detailed Forensic Reports, Expert Testimony for court cases;
    • Technical Support – 24/7/365 – available to provide assistance;
    • Best Practices – a team of law enforcement consultants, analysts and trainers are available as part of the ongoing subscription to assist the agency in adopting best practices to maximize the efficacy of the ShotSpotter solution.

9. What is a city missing without ShotSpotter?

  • The communities most affected by gunfire are least likely to call in when they hear gunshots. With fewer than 1 in 5 shooting incidents reported to 911, gun crime is vastly underreported. When 911 calls are made, the location information provided is typically inaccurate. Without knowing exactly where to respond, police waste valuable time and resources driving block by block looking for evidence as criminals escape the scene. In addition, dispatching officers to an active shooting without all available intelligence is a threat to officer safety and needlessly places the public and the officers at risk. Without ShotSpotter, a city may be missing many gunshot incidents and as a result, may not have the opportunity to respond to save victims and apprehend shooters in the act.

10. Where else is ShotSpotter deployed and has it been successful there?

  • ShotSpotter is deployed in more than 85 cities in the United States, deployed across 23 states and the District of Columbia, covering more than 500 square miles. In addition, ShotSpotter is deployed in Cape Town, South Africa. Here is a sample of our successes:
    • New York City: Deployed ShotSpotter in March 2015. In 2017, it was reported by Jessica Tisch, the NYPD deputy Commissioner of Information Technology, that only 16% of ShotSpotter alerts have 911 calls associated with them. Tisch said 1,740 shootings were detected and Police responding to the detections had seized 31 guns and made 61 arrests, according to the Wall Street Journal – August 3, 2017
    • Chicago, IL: From 2014 to March 2017, ShotSpotter sensors alerted police to 1,600 gunshots in the Englewood district. “This technology doesn’t supplant what our officers do, it supports what our officers are already doing,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “CPD’s smart policing strategy helps officers be more effective, proactive and professional while working toward our one goal to get more police on our streets and get gangs, guns and drugs off our streets.”
    • Denver, CO: Since the technology was installed in January 2015, police say it is tied to 100 arrests (Denver channel 7, March 29, 2017). "60% of shots fired in Denver go without a call to the police, and with ShotSpotter, police are getting notified within 40 seconds of the gunshots and responding to within 25 feet of the actual crime scene," according to Lt. Aaron Sanchez (9/21/16, KUSA).
    • Sacramento, CA: ShotSpotter detected 1,096 gunshot incidents from June 15, 2015 to May 31, 2017, and of these incidents only 272 times was there an accompanying citizen call to 911. In that timeframe, information captured by ShotSpotter led to the arrest of almost 90 people and the seizure of 90 guns, according to the Sacramento Bee.
    • Fresno, CA: There is a 98.5% accuracy of not missing gunfire or alerts from ShotSpotter or a corresponding 911 call. Police response time from a ShotSpotter alert is 4 minutes or less, whereas from a citizen call it’s 8 minutes or less. 70% of ShotSpotter alerts did not receive a phone call to 911, said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
    • San Diego, CA: According to the San Diego Police Department, in 2017 only 23% of the overall activations were called in to the Dispatch Center. “By using ShotSpotter, we are notified and respond 100% of the time and to a more precise location.”
    • Louisville, KY: After the first two weeks of being implemented in Louisville, ShotSpotter technology enabled police officers to respond to 89 shootings that might not otherwise have been reported, and one gang-related arrest, LMPD Major Josh Juda said. "Most of these were incidents that we wouldn't have responded to anyway," said Juda. In addition, ShotSpotter has been integrated into the Real Time Crime Center. Real Time Crime Center director Jennifer Corum said “Our analysts keep ShotSpotter on their desktops with the notifications and sound on at all times…it has become an integral part of our organization.”
    • Kruger National Park, SA: ShotSpotter has potential other benefits besides urban communities. With only a very small proof of concept deployment, ShotSpotter detected two poaching events that led to the capture and prosecution of several poachers as well as the recovery of a baby rhino (named Dot) whose mother rhino was poached.

11. Does ShotSpotter have video monitoring capability?

  • No. ShotSpotter is an acoustic based system. The sensors do not have any optical capability and cannot produce images of any kind. However, ShotSpotter can integrate with video systems by sending an alert to a video management system, which can then separately pan, tilt and zoom an IP addressable camera in the appropriate area or direction. By combining these technologies, ShotSpotter enables law enforcement agencies to benefit from the best in video monitoring technology, while also benefiting from the best in acoustic gunshot detection and location technology.

12. Does ShotSpotter catch shooters?

  • There are many cases in cities where the ShotSpotter alert has led to the arrest of a criminal. Critical forensic evidence such as shell casings are often retrieved from a scene, resulting in recovering key investigative data, which led to the introduction or arrest of a shooter. Local DA agencies also rely on ShotSpotter to prosecute some of the toughest criminals in our country. Currently, federal homicide prosecutors are using ShotSpotter analysis and evidence to determine if a gunshot has occurred and the precise location of the shooting. ShotSpotter has been deemed admissible in court cases in 17 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in federal court. But keep in mind our primary goal is to prevent shooting incidents, so deterring the gunfire is more valuable than capturing the trigger puller.

13. Do you have any supporting data to show that your technology helps to reduce gunfire in coverage areas?

  • Today, ShotSpotter is highly regarded as a critical component of any comprehensive gun violence reduction strategy and is playing an active part in making communities safer for future generations. ShotSpotter technology is helping communities and law enforcement agencies work together to prevent gun violence on a global level.

    The ShotSpotter National Gunfire Index (NGI) reports that law enforcement agencies and cities which have adopted ShotSpotter solutions, along with best practices, have experienced up to an 80% reduction in gunfire and as much as a 40% reduction in related violent crime and homicides. The Company is becoming a recognized thought leader in the annual published National Gunfire Index Report (see 2016 National Gunfire Index -, which details a comprehensive analysis and overview of instances of gun violence.

14. How is ShotSpotter data being used in court?

  • District attorneys and federal prosecutors rely on ShotSpotter evidence to assist them in prosecuting gun crimes. ShotSpotter provides Detailed Forensic Reports as evidentiary documents which include precision positioning calculations of each gunshot, exact timing of shots, and map placements of firing locations for every shot fired. This evidence has received favorable rulings in Daubert and Frye challenges, and as a result has been used in trials at both the local and federal level. ShotSpotter Inc. provides expert witnesses to present the data at trial; to date they have testified in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

15. What access to data does a ShotSpotter subscription give users?

  • The City where ShotSpotter is deployed is considered the subscriber. Subscribers have unrestricted use of their data, with the ability to integrate with internal systems, such as video management and reporting, which provides the greatest value for the data. ShotSpotter only limits the export of detailed electronic data to outside entities such as research institutions or other agencies that would use the data for derivative products.

16. Will ShotSpotter violate my privacy? Can it record conversations?

  • No. ShotSpotter uses acoustic sensors designed to detect, locate and alert on gunfire – not record conversations. The acoustic sensors are located on top of buildings, rooftops and poles, roughly 30 feet or more above street level. The sensors are designed to trigger (or activate) on very loud, impulsive noises, such as when a gun is fired. The sensors are designed to record seconds of the gunfire. For more information please check out the ACLU’s review of ShotSpotter here.

17. Does ShotSpotter detect gunshots from gun silencers?

  • “Silencers” are more accurately called suppressors as they suppress the impulsive sound of gunfire, they do not wholly eliminate it.

    ShotSpotter has successfully, if not inadvertently, detected confirmed suppressed gunfire within our existing deployments in some cases. Although we have not formally tested our system to measure our detection rate of suppressed gunfire, we intend to do some targeted testing in the near future. Were there to be demand to detect suppressed gunfire, we believe our technology would present a number of options, ranging from increasing the density of our sensor array, to developing new software/firmware.

18. Does ShotSpotter work on school campuses?

  • Yes, ShotSpotter is used by many leading colleges and universities of all sizes. ShotSpotter can detect outdoor gunfire accurately, provide increased situational awareness to first responders, and integrate seamlessly with existing security systems for enhanced campus/facility security. Our real-time alerts are critical so that first responders can arrive almost instantaneously to the precise location with improved situational awareness. Schools, colleges, and places of business are often targets of gun violence with statistics showing, on average, more than one incident per month in the U.S. Average shooting incidents are shown to last 12 minutes or less, and the first calls to 911 don’t typically come in for several minutes. ShotSpotter’s real-time detection is particularly valuable in these situations.

    Campuses and universities are particularly vulnerable to shootings both on and off campus. ShotSpotter has been successful at helping campus police, as well as city police, when shootings have occurred near or on a campus. Recently, a late-night shooting incident happened in a popular bar area near a world-class west coast university and ShotSpotter helped law enforcement to swiftly contain the incident. Read about it here

    For K-12 school campuses, a recent ShotSpotter study revealed that gunshots are prevalent around public schools and their surrounding community. ShotSpotter tracked more than 4,800 gunshots in 2017 within a one-half mile radius of public K-12 schools and within the ShotSpotter coverage area. The data revealed:
    • 4,856 incidents in total were detected, averaging 93.4 incidents per week or 13.3 incidents per weekday across the 2,320 schools.
    • The 100 schools with the most gunshot incidents averaged approximately 23 weekday incidents in 2017.
    • Highest round count incident was on April 10, 2017 (Monday) at 10:36 AM involving 29 rounds.
    • There are 2,320 public K-12 schools and over 1,079,700 students within ShotSpotter coverage areas in 77 cities in the United States.

    Cities like Fresno, CA, have installed ShotSpotter as a “dome of protection” covering both neighborhoods and school districts. Fresno has installed ShotSpotter outdoor gunfire detection for 65 school areas across the city to protect the inner urban communities most impacted by illegal gunfire and ensure safety for children in the Fresno Unified School District (FUSD).

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  • ShotSpotter rolls out in seven new U.S. cities, including Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Louisville, Newburgh, Pittsfield, Syracuse and St. Louis County. In New York City, Chicago and Birmingham expand ShotSpotter coverage area.
  • ShotSpotter closes its initial public offering (IPO) of common stock, at public offering price of $11.00 per share on June 12, 2017
  • The ShotSpotter 2016 National Gunfire Index, reports that the single busiest day for a city was 85 gunfire incidents on August 14.


  • Seven new cities including Miami-Dade County, San Diego and San Antonio select ShotSpotter technology.
  • Cape Town, South Africa − rated among the world’s most violent cities − selects ShotSpotter as a pivotal part of its crime prevention efforts to reduce gun violence and murders.
  • ShotSpotter launches new mobile app that delivers real-time gunfire alerts anytime, anywhere on any iOS or Android mobile phone, tablet or desktop.
  • The ShotSpotter 2015 Gunfire Index reports that New Haven, Atlantic City and San Francisco were among the top five cities with the largest reduction in gunfire incidents from 2014 to 2015.
  • GE Lighting and ShotSpotter announce MOU to bring gunshot detection to light fixtures
  • ShotSpotter announces partnership with International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)


  • ShotSpotter Publishes 2014 National Gunfire Index that compares year-on-year data, showing that gunfire incidents are down by 28% in ShotSpotter cities. 


  • ShotSpotter releases the National Gunfire Index; sheds light on the shocking but true nature and volume of illegal gun activity in America.
  • ShotSpotter Co-Founder Dr. Robert Showen is honored as Inventor of the Year by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Worcester, MA has the distinction of being the 50th customer using the new ShotSpotter Flex service offering.
  • ShotSpotter coverage area in U.S. grows by 20% when Boston, Miami, Milwaukee, Wilmington (DE) and Puerto Rico sign on for ShotSpotter Flex.
  • ShotSpotter opens East Coast data center.


  • ShotSpotter launches the first-ever U.S. National Gunfire Index, the most detailed and comprehensive record available of illegal gunfire activity in cities across the U.S. during Q2 and Q3, 2013.
  • ShotSpotter announces ShotSpotter Briefing Room™, the industry’s first end-to-end gunfire crime analysis platform to combine the proven accuracy of ShotSpotter gunfire data with sophisticated crime analytics, data visualization, and geospatial summaries suitable for COMPSTAT-style reporting.
  • ShotSpotter granted its 32nd US Patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office.


  • ShotSpotter Flex gains rapid adoption by law enforcement agencies - large to small - nationwide as a critical component of comprehensive gun violence reduction initiatives.
  • ShotSpotter granted its 26th US Patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
  • ShotSpotter relocates its corporate headquarters to Newark, California.


  • ShotSpotter started operating under the dba name SST, Inc. in 2011
  • ShotSpotter launches ShotSpotter Flex, an affordable annual subscription service that is hosted, cloud-based solution. US Patent and Trademark Office issues ShotSpotter it's 25th US Patent.


  • Ralph A. Clark named CEO.
  • International business grows. Systems sold in Brazil and the United Kingdom.


  • Listed as part of the AlwaysOn Global 250, a list of the hottest privately owned companies in technology.
  • Presented Frost & Sullivan North America Product Innovation Award.


  • Business grows in Midwest and Northeast United States. Systems deployed include Boston, Mass., and Bellwood, Ill.


  • ShotSpotter GLS deployed in the U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C. (Still operational today).


  • First VC funding obtained from Lauder Partners LLC.


  • USPTO issues third ShotSpotter patent (#5,973,998).


  • First pilot system deployment in Redwood City, Calif. (Still operational today).
  • USPTO issues second ShotSpotter patent (#5,703,835).


  • USPTO issues first ShotSpotter patent (#5,504,717).
  • ShotSpotter conceived of by Dr. Robert Showen.

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Dr. Robert Calhoun

Dr. Robert Calhoun

Dr. Robert Calhoun is a founder, principal engineer and software scientist at ShotSpotter, Inc.  He has programmed in C, Visual Basic, and LabVIEW.  He has written versions of the ShotSpotter detector and map displays, and designed sensitive detection, classification, and filtering routines to give the ShotSpotter its most impressive performance to date. 

Rob has earned his undergraduate degree, his masters, and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT.

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Dr. Robert L. Showen

Dr. Robert L. Showen
Ph.D, Founder & Chief Scientist

Dr. Showen is ShotSpotter's founder and patent holder on the technology. With over three decades of acoustic and geophysics research experience, it was Dr. Showen’s initial vision of helping police curb gunfire and urban crime that caused him first to conceive of ShotSpotter.

Engineer, scientist, and teacher, Dr. Robert L. Showen attended San Jose State University, University of California at Berkeley, and Rice University. He obtained degrees in electrical engineering and space physics and won a fellowship to the Max Planck Institute. He has taught astronomy and physics at the University of Puerto Rico, performed experiments to heat the ionosphere at the world’s largest RADAR, participated in the development of over-the-horizon RADAR at SRI International, and studied the effects of lightning on the ionosphere.

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Jason Dunham

Jason Dunham

Jason Dunham is an engineer, a software specialist and a co-founder of SST/ShotSpotter.  Jason’s specialty work is in vibration analysis as applied to components of nuclear plants. He has programmed in C, Pascal, FORTRAN, FORTH, Mathematica, and LabVIEW. He is the owner and founder of San Francisco Industrial Software Inc. which has an extensive local and statewide clientele. He has written a majority of the software used in the Trilon Technology gunshot location system, and is a co-inventor with Dr. Showen on patent applications for ShotSpotter technology.

Jason earned his BS, Mechanical Engineering from MIT and his MS in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. 
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Ralph A. Clark

Ralph A. Clark

Chief Executive Officer

A veteran of numerous successful technology start-ups, Ralph A. Clark brings 30 years of extensive corporate, financial and organizational leadership to his position as ShotSpotter's President and Chief Executive Officer. Most recently, Clark was CEO of GuardianEdge Technologies Inc., where he led the transformation of the company into a leader in endpoint data protection and was instrumental in its recent acquisition by Symantec.

Prior to GuardianEdge, Clark served as vice president of finance for Adaptec through its acquisition of Snap Appliance, which he helped engineer. He was responsible for worldwide financial planning and analysis of Snap Appliance, serving as its chief financial office. Previous to his role at Snap Appliance, he worked at several venture capital backed start-up companies, leading several to successful acquisitions. Early in his career, Clark held executive sales and marketing roles at IBM; post business school he was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, where he was instrumental in many successful technology transactions.

He is a member of the board of directors for PrintRoom and Tactical Survey Group, and also serves as a trustee at the Oakland Museum of California. Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of the Pacific, and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

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William J. Bratton

William J. Bratton

Mr. Bratton is currently Senior Managing Director of Teneo Holdings, a global CEO advisory firm, and Executive Chairman of its Teneo Risk division. Mr. Bratton also serves as the Vice Chairman for the Secretary of Homeland Security's Advisory Council.& Mr. Bratton has over 40 years of experience in law enforcement, including as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and Commissioner of the New York City and Boston Police Departments. Mr. Bratton previously served as a member of ShotSpotter's Board of Directors, from April 2013 until December 2013, when he resigned in order to serve his second appointment as Commissioner of the New York City Police Department.

Tom Groos

Tom Groos

Tom is a partner at City Light Capital. He is a member of the Boards of ShotSpotter Technology (Newark, CA) and Heartland Steel Products (Marysville, MI). After 26 years of growing and leading two Michigan companies in the safety and security area, Tom is now the Chairman of the Board of Minimax-Viking, a major fire protection systems company based in Hamburg, Germany. He also is the principal of his family office, Tyden Ventures, and is dedicated to spreading the concept of impact investing among private investors.

Service activities include the Deming Center for Productivity at Columbia Business School, the Cornell University Council, and cofounder of The ImPact Society, a non-profit dedicated to promotion of impact investing among private investors. He was a board member of the National Fire Protection Association and has served in various leadership positions in Michigan, including the Salvation Army of West Michigan, public K-12 school boards, and the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy.

He is married to his wife of 32 years, Lisa, and they have two children in their twenties. Tom grew up in Hastings, MI and is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Business School.

Randy Hawks

Randy Hawks

Randy focuses on security solutions for both the digital and physical domains at Claremont Creek Ventures (CCV). His years as Executive Vice President/COO and Director at Identix are the foundation of his interest in this area of investment. Randy’s strong background in IT includes serving as CEO and Director of Captiva Software, various senior management positions at Texas Instruments, ITT Information Systems and Sr. VP at AT&T Paradyne. He has also held directorships at Clairvoyant Software, Hipbone Software, Inapac, Invivodata, Flytecomm, View Central and Be Here. Currently Randy holds a board seat at three of CCV's portfolio companies.

Randy earned a BSEE from University of Arkansas and has completed the Stanford University Executive Management Program. He serves as the Venture Committee Chair for Keiretsu Forum.

Pascal Levensohn

Pascal Levensohn

Pascal is the founder and Managing Partner of Levensohn Venture Partners (LVP) and the CEO of Generation Strategic Advisors LLC (GSA); he has held both positions since 1996. Pascal joined Dolby Family Ventures, L.P. as a Managing Director in 2014 after advising the Dolby family on its direct technology investment portfolio since 2012. Pascal has transitioned his new technology venture capital investing activities to the Dolby family organization.

Pascal was elected to the board of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) from April 2007-April 2011, during which he chaired the NVCA’s education committee for three years; he is a faculty member of the Kauffman Fellows Program Center for Venture Education (2006-present) where he teaches best practices for VC-backed company board members.

Pascal holds an AB in Government, cum laude, from Harvard University. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former co-chairman of the Socrates Society Forum of the Aspen Institute (2007-2009), and a former Chairman of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation’s Business Leadership Council (2007-2008).

Marc H. Morial

Marc H. Morial

Marc has more than 25 years (of) experience as an entrepreneur, lawyer, professor, legislator, Mayor, President of the US Conference of Mayors, and now CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization. Among his many accolades, Morial was widely credited with the 1990s renaissance of New Orleans. While Mayor of New Orleans, he had strong success attacking the city’s vast urban problems, including dropping violent crimes and murders by 60%. He left the office with a 70% approval rating.

Morial has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Juris Doctor degree in from Georgetown University. A history, arts, music and sports enthusiast, Morial has an adult daughter, and is married to CBS broadcast journalist Michelle Miller. Together they have two children.

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ShotSpotter, Inc. is an official IACLEA Corporate Partner. IACLEA is the leading authority for campus public safety. Members enjoy the knowledge and camaraderie of a global network of campus public safety experts.

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Motorola Solutions public safety systems -- a wide variety of communications solutions for first responders and other civil safety officials. Visit site

Pelican Technologies -- HawkEye is a direct and readily deployable interface between the ShotSpotter GLS and leading Video Management Systems (VMS), directing the movement of cameras onto events to provide real-time situational awareness for first-responders. Visit site

The Omega Group -- analysis-driven decision support & electronic briefing services for public safety agencies. Visit site

Tiburon delivers computer aided dispatch, mobility, records management and corrections management solutions built to meet the demands of state, local and federal law enforcement, fire & rescue and corrections agencies. Visit site

TSG Solutions -- infrastructure security and technology solutions including Risk Management & Security Consulting; Public Safety & Security Solutions; Cyber Security Engineering, Cloud Computing & IT Technical Services. Visit site

Verizon. Providers of wireless network that supports acoustic sensors in ShotSpotter-deployed communities, over which data is sent back to SST’s Real Time Incident Review Center (IRC). Visit site

VidSys. Combining ShotSpotter’s Gunshot Location Technology with VidSys’ PSIM Software Enables Faster Response, real time situation management, to better protect and save lives. Visit site

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