Dealing with Big City Gun Crime in Small Towns

Dealing with Big City Gun Crime in Small Towns
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Module 1
Recorded on: 2020-12-01
Unit 1Slide Deck: Dealing with Big City Gun Crime in Small Towns
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The common misconception is that violent crimes happen in big cities more than they do in small towns. Interestingly, if to analyze the crime figures vis-à-vis the population, it might come off as a shock that per capita crime rate in some small towns in Alabama actually exceed the national average.

Back on Justice Clearinghouse is David P. Hyche as he continues the discussion on gun crimes. David is currently the Chief of Police for the Calera Alabama Police Department. Before this role, he was with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) where he handled various roles.

Specifics discussed in this webinar include:

  • A backgrounder on Alabama, its small towns and cities, and the unexpected level of violent crime that transpire.
  • Understanding the violent crime rate as it is presented in the UCR and how the reports may not capture the real impact of crime on the communities and the agencies.
  • A case study of Selma, Alabama
    • The missing crime data due to technical issues.
    • How this sparsely populated city experienced unfettered criminal activity.
    • The different stakeholders that worked together to address the issue of violent crimes.
    • The techniques/solutions that Selma employed to counter gun crimes through federal prosecution, intensive enforcement of gun laws, and maximizing technology.
  • The importance of seeing crime gun intelligence not just merely as a law enforcement operation but an effort to change the quality of life for those living in these communities.
  • A brief discussion on:
    • Birmingham, Alabama’s staggering per capita crime rate.
    • Anniston, Alabama’s similar gun crime approach to Salem which reduced their crime rate by 40%.
  • Conducting a firearm trace, its benefits, and the important firearm trace information that can provide leads to solving gun crime in your area.
  • How better gun-owner record-keeping allows to track whether stolen guns are used for violent crimes.
  • Collaborating with gun dealers to look for red flags when an individual is making multiple firearm purchases which may serve as leads to the trigger pullers.
  • The critical role of NIBIN in linking recovered firearms with collected shell casings from crime scenes and how these matches make all the difference in solving violent crime cases.
  • Utilizing other forms of electronic evidence as mobile phones, social media, and jail calls to gather evidence that can link trigger pullers and their associates.
  • How federal prosecution with significant jail time and no opportunity of parole for gun crimes serve as a very effective deterrent for criminals.
  • Obstacles that large cities typically face in solving their gun crimes despite having the resources and federal support.
  • What small towns have to offer in solving violent crimes despite the lack of resources, and how small towns can serve as the testing environment for crime gun strategies that may be rolled out to larger cities eventually.
  • A glimpse into the comprehensive crime gun strategy steps that agencies may implement to address the issue with gun violence.

Questions from the webinar attendees were about:

  • The etymology of the term straw purchaser.
  • Handling public relations in small towns.
  • Investigative techniques to specifically combat assembled P80 ghost guns used in shootings.
  • Public perception on the prosecution of gun crime cases.
  • Collecting prints and testing for DNA on firearms, magazines, and bullets.
  • Which firearms are entered to NIBIN.
  • The difference between IBIS and NIBIN.
  • The disparity in terms of citizen’s trust in law enforcement in small towns versus big cities.



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Audience Comments

  • “Ending on the comprehensive strategy was a smart move. I think that is where I found the most useful parts of the webinar- when he included prosecution tips.” — Aaron
  • “Another great webinar…thank you!” — Barbara
  • “Chief Hyche has a ton of information!” — Dustin
  • “The value of tracing all recovered firearms since it was shown that there are a number of outstanding crimes that were linked to recovered guns.” — Anthony
  • “Confirmation of a multi-jurisdiction approach and federal charges for violent offenders using guns in criminal activity.” — Jeff
  • “The information was very good. I do not know a lot about guns and live in a very rural area. I know that this is a growing problem, unfortunately. I would like to continue to learn more about them.” — Jen
  • “I found this webinar to be incredibly informative as a Probation Officer who supervises offenders in a small town. The NIBIN information and statistics of small-town gun crimes were very valuable.” — Richard


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