It’s Not the Person You Think It Is: Identifying Your Most Prolific Shooters

It’s Not the Person You Think It Is: Identifying Your Most Prolific Shooters
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2020-09-17
Unit 1 Slide Deck: It’s Not the Person You Think It Is
Unit 2 Transcript: It’s Not the Person You Think It Is
Unit 3 Workbook: It’s Not the Person You Think It Is
Unit 4 Recording: It’s Not the Person You Think It Is

A comprehensive crime gun intelligence program is buttressed on identifying your jurisdiction’s most violent offenders. Doing so, however, cannot rely on guesswork, and instead requires a more systematic and evidence-based approach.

In this session, David P. Hyche talks about a holistic approach to crime gun intelligence to target your most prolific shooters. David is currently the Chief of Police for the Calera Alabama Police Department. Prior to this role, he was a federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for 2 years, in charge of the Nashville Field Division, overseeing the Alabama offices and the Crime Gun Intelligence Unit in Nashville Tennessee.

Topics covered in this webinar are:

  • The challenges that local law enforcement is facing when it comes to identifying prolific shooters and implementing a crime gun intelligence strategy.
  • Who’s doing the bulk of the shooting based on traditional identification methods versus what the data is seeing to be responsible for most shootings and violence.
  • The reasons why gun crime is perpetuated due to the glorification of violence and lack of an effective deterrent in the justice system.
  • The process of running a gun trace and resources that can bridge the gaps through LeadsOnline, ATF Form 4437, and gun store surveillance videos.
  • The value in cultivating a relationship with local gun stores who can help with proactive tracking of suspicious purchases.
  • A glimpse of the most common information that you can acquire from running a gun trace and how these can be utilized as investigation leads.
  • Statistics from Alabama’s ATF Trace Time to Crime report that emphasized:
    • The amount of time between a firearm being purchased to being used in crimes.
    • The correlation between the age of the trigger puller and how new the gun used in a shooting is.
    • The type of guns the younger shooters are using.
    • Specific trends in purchases which makes it a suspicious sale.
  • The value that NIBIN brings to the table to link multiple separate shootings through shell casing matching.
  • Leveraging electronic evidence available on social media, text conversations, jail calls, and wiretaps to obtain better leads.
  • The various methods on how criminals acquire their firearms.
  • How maintaining firearm records can help gun owners assist law enforcement in tracking guns used for crimes.
  • A glimpse into the comprehensive crime gun strategy steps that agencies may implement to address the issue with gun violence.

Questions from the audience were about:

  • Straw purchases.
  • Regulations in place for gun show vendors.
  • Selling prices of stolen guns.
  • Receiving reports for multiple sales.
  • The accuracy of ballistic comparisons and its admissibility as evidence.
  • Investigation and prosecution for straw purchasers.
  • Encouraging agency leadership to adopt a strategic crime gun approach.



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Audience Comments

  • “The systems approach was to me valuable. Thoughts are: it was practical, detailed, descriptive, analytical, investigative common sense, statistical bases, investigative procedural steps, the importance of coordinated efforts among agencies, and integrated use of information/intelligence sources. Offers a foundation for an internal SOP.” — Bill
  • “Law enforcement should have more awareness and adaptability to an ever-changing criminal’s profile. There is no one box to fit your typical criminal in, be it age, gang-related, motives, etc…. I thoroughly enjoyed Police Chief Hyche’s presentation.” — Vicki
  • “David Hyche has always been a great presenter. They are entertaining and I always walk away with something. I’d like to participate in anything where he’s involved. I work 922g cases for ALEA in AL and assigned to the US Marshals Gulf Coast Task Force David mentioned. The topic of eTrace and how crime guns are connected through NIBIN is always fascinating and I hope more people tune in to that fact. It helps solves crimes.” — Steve
  • “A very good overview of the entire process from both the ATF and local PD perspective… Good ideas to consider and points to ponder… Very much looking forward to the next related session!” — Seve
  • “One of the best webinars thus far. Thanks, very informative.”  — Michael
  • “The author appeared to be very well versed on his subject matter. … Well done!” — KIM
  • “Full of great info and common sense/truth statements that many people just won’t say. LOVE THIS.” … — Katharine
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