The Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today announced the deployment of ballistic imaging equipment used by ATF’s National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) to 22 state and local law enforcement agencies.
“Under President Donald Trump, the Department of Justice is prosecuting more firearm offenders than ever before,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “Ballistics technology has given law enforcement an unprecedented ability to make connections between cases and track down dangerous criminals. Today this Department of Justice is once again investing in the 85 percent of law enforcement officers who serve at the state and local levels and we are equipping them with cutting edge technology that will lead to smarter, targeted prosecutions of the most dangerous people in their communities. I have no doubt that this equipment will help to reduce crime in America.”
“Crime Gun Intelligence, including the timely use of the NIBIN network, is the cornerstone of ATF’s violent crime reduction strategy. By deploying equipment to these 22 law enforcement agencies, investigators will now receive investigative leads within 48 hours. They will have new opportunities to disrupt the shooting cycle and make our communities safer,” said ATF Deputy Director Thomas Brandon.
As the only crime gun ballistic network in the United States, NIBIN compares images of cartridge casings recovered at crime scenes and firearms recovered by law enforcement to connect shooting incidents and identify shooters. ATF’s broader Crime Gun Intelligence strategy involves multiple technologies to identify criminal shooters and uses NIBIN as a leads-generator in support of this comprehensive approach. The deployments of this NIBIN equipment will help fill gaps in the intelligence and investigative networks and allow for a more efficient processing of firearm related violent crime evidence.
There are 16 agencies receiving NIBIN equipment for the first time:
- Anchorage, AK PD
- Aurora, IL PD
- Berks County, PA
- Charleston, WV PD
- Cheney, WA State Patrol
- Des Moines, IA PD
- Frederick County, MD Sheriff’s Office
- Ft. Myers, FL PD
- Glendale, AZ PD
- Nassau County, NY Public Safety Center
- Lexington, KY PD
- Miami Gardens, FL PD
- Orange County, NY Intelligence Center
- Pensacola, FL Escambia Co Sheriff
- Richmond, VA PD
- San Bernardino, CA PD
Six agencies are receiving additional equipment to enhance their successful crime gun intelligence programs:
- Baton Rouge, LA State Crime Lab
- Cincinnati, OH PD
- Denver, CO PD
- Detroit, MI PD
- Jacksonville, FL PD
- Philadelphia, PA PD
ATF has 25 Crime Gun Intelligence Centers (CGIC) across the United States in which ATF collaborates with local police departments and federal, state, and local prosecutors. The CGICs utilize cutting-edge technology and dedicated investigative teams to disrupt shooters and identify their source of crime guns before they can commit further criminal acts.