Item Coversheet


Meeting Date: 12/14/2021
Item Creation Date: 12/7/2021

H31157 - Gunshot Detection Technology Services - ORDINANCE (ShotSpotter, Inc.)

Agenda Item#: 31.


ORDINANCE approving and awarding contract between City of Houston and SHOTSPOTTER, INC for Gunshot Detection Solutions Services; providing a maximum contract amount - 5 Years - $3,500,000.00 - General Fund


Health & Safety for H31157 - Approve an ordinance awarding an agreement to ShotSpotter, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $3,500,000.00 for gunshot detection solutions services for Houston Police Department.


Specific Explanation:

The Chief of the Houston Police Department and the Chief Procurement Officer recommend that City Council approve an ordinance awarding a five-year contract term in an amount not to exceed $3,500,000.00 to Shotspotter, Inc. for gunshot detection solution services. This will be an indispensable crime-fighting tool for the Houston Police Department to receive near real-time gunfire intelligence data which provides a critical advantage in the efforts to reduce and prevent gun violence and improve officer safety.


The scope of work requires the contractor to provide all labor, services, parts, supplies, packaging, and shipment of items necessary to install the ShotSpotter Response System in the coverage area designated by Houston Police Department.  Contractor will host the subscription services and may update the functionality and software of the subscription services from time to time at its sole discretion and in accordance with this agreement.

This contract is for gunshot detection technology services using the ShotSpotter Response System to sustain its operation and availability for use by Houston Police Department. Houston Police Department currently has a Pilot Program with ShotSpotter, Inc. for gunshot detection technology for one location which expires at the end of December 2021.  Gunshot detection technology system uses acoustic sensing to identify, discriminate, and report gunshots to the police within seconds of the shot being fired.  Under this program, Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) will gather the video evidence of gunshot detection and video camera deployment in vulnerable neighborhoods which will greatly improve situational awareness, investigations, and can enhance safety of the officers.  Houston Police Department would like to extend and expand in FY2022 to a second location.


This recommendation is made pursuant to subsection 252.022(a)(2) of the Texas Local Government Code, which provides that "a procurement necessary to preserve or protect the public health or safety of the municipality’s residents” is exempt from the competitive requirements for purchases.


M/WBE Participation:

MWBE Zero Percentage Goal Document approved by the Office of Business Opportunity.


Hire Houston First:

This procurement is exempt from the City’s Hire Houston First Ordinance. Bids/proposals were not solicited because the department is utilizing a Health and Safety purchase justification for this order.


Fiscal Note:

Funding for this item not included in the FY2022 Adopted Budget. Therefore, a Fiscal Note is required as stated in the Financial Policies.





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Jerry Adams, Chief Procurement Officer               Department Approval Authority 

Finance/Strategic Procurement Division











Amount and Source of Funding:


 General Fund 

Fund 1000

Contact Information:




Barbara Fisher, Purchasing Manager



Adrian Mahone, Procurement Specialist



Sonja Odat, HPD Council Liaison



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