Over the last year, cities have faced multiple pandemics. In addition to Covid-19 and the devastating impact it has had on the economy, we have seen a significant increase in gun violence; social and racial unrest, and the resulting renewed focus on police reform and racial justice.

According to ShotSpotter’s 2020 National Gunfire Trends report, gunfire incidents increased by 48 percent from 2019 to 2020. The Major Cities Chiefs Association reported in a survey of 66 of its member cities that homicides increased by one-third from 2019 to 2020.

In this on-demand webinar, Mayors and public safety experts join together to discuss promising practices in reducing gun violence and how they relate to the multiple challenges cities are facing and responding to today.

Watch this on-demand webinar to learn:

  • How to establish joint initiatives with others who care about and are resourced to solve gun violence. This could include your District/State Attorney’s Office, local universities, social services and community organizations.

  • How to identify gangs and specific groups causing the greatest harm to the community, and direct your resources strategically to get them off the streets.

  • How to leverage technology: Successful tactics include implementation of NIBIN, setting up a Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC), and deploying ShotSpotter gunshot detection.

Who Should Attend:

Law Enforcement and City Leaders 

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Our Speakers


Stephen K. Benjamin

Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor-1

Jane Castor

Mayor of Tampa, Florida


Greg Fischer

Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky


Francis Suarez

Mayor of Miami, Florida

Michael Harrison-1

Michael Harrison

Police Commissioner, Baltimore


Ron Teachman

Director of Public Safety, ShotSpotter

About the Panelists

Stephen K. Benjamin -Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina

Since being elected mayor in a record turnout election in April 2010 and reelected by a 30 percent margin in November 2013, Mayor Benjamin's administration has been characterized by his firm belief in Columbia's potential and intense focus on job creation. His leadership helped cut unemployment in the metro by roughly half and secured billions of dollars in new regional capital investment in the midst of a national recession.

Jane Castor - Mayor of Tampa, Florida

Born and raised in Tampa, Mayor Castor has spent a lifetime in service to the community, first as a police officer, then as Tampa’s first female Chief of Police, and finally as the city’s 59th Mayor. Since taking office, Mayor Castor has continued to achieve major accomplishments under the Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow vison while gaining praise for her exemplary leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greg Fischer - Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky

Committed to growing jobs and creating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, Greg Fischer was elected Louisville's 50th mayor in 2010 -- and was sworn in for a third four-year term on January 7, 2019. As a businessman and entrepreneur, he brings a data-driven approach to city government with a goal of making it more efficient and accessible.

Francis Suarez - Mayor of Miami, Florida

Prior to being elected with 86 percent support from Miami residents, Mayor Suarez served as Miami Commissioner for District 4 during eight years. Mayor Suarez also serves as Chair of the Environment Committee, as well as on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In these capacities, he takes a leading role in collaborating with fellow mayors to develop programs and policies that benefit Miami.

Michael Harrison - Police Commissioner, Baltimore

Commissioner Harrison has been instrumental in the development, implementation and assessment of community policing programs that have led to demonstrably increased partnership and collaboration. Moreover, he is skilled at moving progressive law enforcement bills forward through legislature and effectuating evidence-based crime fighting strategies, many of which assisted in tangible crime reductions.

Ron Teachman - Director of Public Safety, ShotSpotter

Ron Teachman spent 38 years in law enforcement before joining ShotSpotter. Prior to ShotSpotter, he served as Chief of Police in South Bend, Indiana and before that in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He also worked for The Emergence Group, a Washington, D.C. based company specializing in criminal justice reform in post-conflict and emerging nations.