Gun Violence Reduction: Solutions, Tools and Trends

Gun Violence Reduction: Solutions, Tools and Trends
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2021-10-06
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Gun Violence Reduction
Unit 2 Transcript: Gun Violence Reduction
Unit 3 Workbook: Gun Violence Reduction
Unit 4 Recording: Gun Violence Reduction

Agencies across the world have been trying for some time now to address the issue of crime gun violence. It is easier said than done, especially back when the technology didn’t exist yet to provide data-driven and intelligence-led approaches to locating the trigger pullers. Fortunately, tech innovations in the realm of policing are making this possible today.

This webinar’s panel of speakers are:

  • Natalie Hipple, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Indiana University
  • Mark Kraft, retired ATF agent specializing in firearms identification, firearms trafficking, and the exploitation of crime gun intelligence
  • Kerry Yerico, Senior Program Manager at the National Police Foundation

Specifics of this session covered:

  • An overview of the National Police Foundation’s mission and work and the Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) workflow.
  • Defining criminal gun violence and understanding it holistically by looking at its taxonomy.
  • Statistics from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department that demonstrate the increase in gun violence cases and the ratio of homicides vs. non-fatal shootings.
  • Facts and figures on gunshot victims and differentiating homicide from gun assaults and non-fatal shootings
    • The factors that make one category different from another.
    • How these gun violence incidents impact the people who sustain a gunshot wound.
    • The victims’ ages and gender and the cost of treatment based on the severity of the gunshot wound.
    • The motives of the perpetrators and what influences the victims’ cooperation during an investigation.
    • The common locations where gun violence transpires which correlates to socioeconomic disadvantages.
  • What the focus of current crime gun intelligence initiatives should be – data collection, definition, and organizational capacity.
  • The problem with definitions – how homicide is specifically defined but non-fatal shootings are not as clear-cut – which makes data collection challenging.
  • Issues with existing criminal databases – UCR and NIBRS in terms of categorizing the crime.
  • The recommended definition with parameters to define non-fatal shootings.
  • The two technologies presently available directing unbiased investigations to help address gun violence.
    • eTrace: What it can provide, the process, how it can detect potential firearms trafficking, and the cases where an urgent trace can be conducted.
    • NIBIN: What it does and its two components that allow the capture and analysis of cartridge case markings.
    • The integration of eTrace and NIBIN results to come up with leads that can provide valuable insights to linked cases.
  • The critical role of the intelligence analyst in supporting gun crime investigation.
    • Their end-to-end role in the process to disrupt the shooting cycle in communities.
    • Their different sources of information to support investigations and their deliverables.
    • How analysts can create a triage process to accomplish specific goals and needs of the gun violence strategy being implemented.
  • Two sample programs that use data and technology to help identify offenders in an unbiased manner.

Questions from the webinar participants are about:

  • The effectiveness of gun buyback programs and the Cure Violence model.
  • Taking population density into account in the gun violence heat maps.
  • Available non-fatal shooting investigation training.
  • What ghost guns are and how they can be traced.
  • Research supporting CJICs and its effectiveness.


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Audience Comments

  • “The entire webinar was excellent however, I appreciated Mr. Kraft as he presented very informative info of the e-Trace/NBIN process of a recovered firearm.” — Carmen
  • “It showed the value of using technology to link guns to crimes over an extended period. The mapping also showed how gun crime/shootings cluster in a city. This “what” information is very useful for understanding, or gaining insight, into the “who” and “why” of gun violence.”– Anthony
  • “There is a lot of information that is not known, generally. Thank goodness for experts!!” — Bradley
  • “This information is relevant to a federally funded project I am currently working on as well as my own personal research agenda.  I found the practical information (tracing) incredibly valuable, as well as the ATF GETS model information.” — Danielle
  • “It was good to have different perspectives from a CGIC program lead/academic as well as from ATF and NPF on the topic of reducing gun violence.”  — Sara




About the National Policing Institute: Formerly known as the National Police Foundation, the National Policing Institute’s mission is to pursue excellence in policing through innovation and science. It is the oldest nationally-known, non-profit, non-partisan, and non-membership-driven organization dedicated to improving America’s most noble profession – policing.

The National Policing Institute has been on the cutting edge of police innovation for over 50 years since it was established by the Ford Foundation as a result of the President’s Commission on the Challenge of Crime in a Free Society (1967) and the related conclusions of the Kerner and Eisenhower Commissions, taking place during the same era.



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