Public Health and Safety Special Committee Meeting Minutes

 June 6, 2017

Immediately after the Regular Committee Meeting


Topic: ShotSpotter Update


Location: City Council Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall – St. James Building, 117 West Duval Street


Attendance:   Council Members: Sam Newby (Chair), Anna Lopez Brosche, Katrina Brown, Aaron Bowman, Tommy Hazouri


Also: Paige Johnston – Office of General Counsel; Kim Taylor – Council Auditor’s Office; Jordan Elsbury – Mayor’s Office; Philip Zamarron – Legislative Services Division; Chiquita Moore – ECA AL 5; Terrance Freeman – ECA Dist. 3; Haleigh Hutchinson – ECA AL 3; Yvonne Mitchell – Research Division


Meeting Convened: 9:17 a.m.


Chairman Newby called the meeting to order.


Ms. Alison Hewitt distributed handouts regarding the Zika Virus and Duval County Health Department updates. She reported that Summer Breakspot began June 5, 2017, and will end on August 11, 2017. There are four locations: Wesconnett Health Services, Pearl WIC and Nutrition Services, Center for Women and Children, and South Jacksonville Immunization Center. The sites will provide kids and teens access to a nutritious meal and fun all summer long.


Chief Robert Connor presented a summary of the ShotSpotter service. The system instantly notifies law enforcement of shootings in progress with real-time data delivered to dispatch centers, patrol cars, and even smartphones. The service is subscription-based and wide-area sensor deployment which provides the when, where, and what of gunshot incidents. The contract has been finalized, and installation has begun. Chief Connor stated that ShotSpotter would conduct the training for patrol officers, dispatchers, and the specialized unit. On June 20, 2017, JSO has a meeting to review best practices and response policies of other major cities utilizing the service. Due to the specifics regarding the sensory equipment installation, expanding the service to other areas with additional equipment is more feasible than relocating existing equipment. Local and state funding is covering the initial costs for the system.


Per CM K. Brown’s request, Chief Connor consented to provide a modified presentation about the ShotSpotter system for District 8’s Town Hall Meeting on June 15th.

Meeting Adjourned: 9:52 a.m.


Minutes: Yvonne P. Mitchell, Council Research

   06.06.17   Posted 3:00 p.m.


Tapes: PHS agenda meeting– LSD



Materials: PHS Committee Meeting Handouts




The written minutes of this meeting are an overview of the discussion. For verbatim comments, the video version is accessible through the PHS web page, or it may be retrieved from the Office of Legislative Services.