The First 48 – Employing Timely Crime Gun Intelligence Strategies to Firearm-Related Investigations

The First 48 – Employing Timely Crime Gun Intelligence Strategies to Firearm-Related Investigations
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on July 2, 2015
Unit 1 Slide Deck
Unit 2 Video


Description: Consider the following situations that patrol officers across the United States respond to on a daily basis: Officers conduct a traffic stop. During the stop the driver, who is a convicted felon, is found to be in possession of drugs and a handgun. A shots-fired call is received in a residential neighborhood. Upon the arrival of first responders, they find a deceased gunshot victim along with numerous spent casings found strewn about the street.

 In each of the situations, evidence will be collected, impounded, and likely submitted to the Crime Lab for forensic analysis. The evidence is important for each case, however, could the firearm seized during the traffic stop be the gun that was used to commit a homicide or armed robbery in yours or another jurisdiction? Perhaps the gun was purchased by a suspect involved in illegal firearms trafficking; could this suspect be identified simply through the analysis of the make, model and serial number on the firearm? Could the spent casings found at the murder scene be the key to linking the shooter to other shooting incidents?

The answer to all of these questions is YES, and CRIME GUN INTELLIGENCE programs including eTrace and NIBIN (National Integrated Ballistic Information Network), administered by the ATF, are the keys to identifying and unlocking this information. As part of a comprehensive regional crime gun strategy, crime gun intelligence programs including eTrace and NIBIN are effective tools to help law enforcement identify, target and prosecute “shooters” and determine their sources of gun crime. Information obtained through these programs provides many potential tactical and strategic uses for law enforcement. This presentation will provide attendees with a well-developed understanding of the tenants of crime gun intelligence, the 4 essential elements to implementing these programs, as well as a discussion of best-practices and strategies to maximize the tactical and strategic uses of the outputs from these powerful programs.

The Phoenix Police Department NIBIN Squad was developed in 2006 and enters over 1,000 cases every year into NIBIN.  During this webinar, PPD will present case studies and discuss some of the greatest challenges and issues and how they have or are addressing them.


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