Partner Webinar: Forensic-Led Policing

Partner Webinar: Forensic-Led Policing
Duration: 60 Minutes
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Recorded on: 2021-12-01
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More and more agencies are implementing evidence-based, data-driven, and forensic-led policing approaches. The Miami-Dade Police Department is one of those with a more robust Forensic Services Bureau and NIBIN programs out there. Yaneisy Delgado joins this webinar to share what the MDPD is doing to leverage forensic data towards actionable intelligence that serves their crime reduction efforts.

Yaneisy is the Intelligence Analyst within the Forensic Identification Section at the MDPD where she generates the Crime Gun Event Reports using various forensic tools systems including NIBIN and ShotSpotter.

Her discussion covered the following points:

  • The key elements towards a successful forensic-led policing effort.
  • An overview of the MDPD’s gun crime cases.
  • The demand for better utilization of NIBIN links to aid the resolution of crime gun cases.
  • The gap that became apparent as crime labs started producing a slew of information that law enforcement isn’t immediately able to utilize.
  • How intelligence analysts bridged the gap by facilitating the exchange of information so the scientists’ output can be understood and turned into actionable intelligence by law enforcement.
  • The step-by-step process of the intelligence analyst’s work.
    • Conducting the research by looking into evidence and other available forensic data related to a case being investigated.
    • Filtering the most significant information to be included in the report.
    • Creating a report that is easily understood by the detective/officer/prosecutor that includes a summary, a spider web analysis, and mapping analysis.
  • The inclusions and samples of each of the components of the Crime Gun Event (CGE) Report.
    • The important elements and pieces of information that must be incorporated in the report summary.
    • The spider web analysis that provides a visual representation of the information captured allowing the user to better understand how guns, people and events are connected.
    • The mapping analysis that offers a geographical view of where casings and guns are recovered allowing the user to identify hotspots and visualize the jurisdiction’s gun crime dynamics.
  • The other elements that are vital in the creation of the report and how these are used in MDPD’s forensic-led policing efforts.
    • The Crime Gun Identifiable (CGID) Numbers that serve as the unique identifier to one gun linked in different shootings and incidents even before it is recovered.
    • Access to the NIBIN Enforcement Support System (NESS) that helps sites collect, analyze, and track NIBIN links and other investigative data across jurisdictional lines.
    • The various programs and systems used by the intelligence analyst as sources of forensic data and to connect and correlate information gathered.
  • The value of information sharing across agencies, jurisdictions, and even states to effectively reap the benefits of forensic led policing.
  • Other data mining sources leveraged to create a clear and complete picture of the different incidents and individuals linked to a crime gun.

Questions raised by the audience are about:

  • The time it takes to generate a report and the analyses included.
  • Automatic NIBIN lead confirmations.
  • The use of NESS, its benefit, and its limits.
  • Using eTrace for supplementary intelligence related to gun crimes.
  • How other jurisdictions may embed an intelligence analyst into the crime lab.
  • The path towards a career as an intelligence analyst.
  • Who’s assigned to follow up NIBIN cases.
  • Alternative ways to trace a gun’s lineage.



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Audience Comments

  • “That the presenter shared where we can find the MROS standards as well as the Philadelphia Crime Gun Event Model and NESS. I am also very thankful for the documents she shared.” — Amy
  • “I found value in the examples of how to create a NIBIN connection document to effectively communicate findings.” — Brittney
  • “The effort that goes into the creation of a web was very interesting to me. I had seen them before through my undergraduate courses but learning more about them was exciting.” — David
  • “Our Crime Gun Intelligence Center has Intelligence analysts; however, I don’t know that they have ever thought of putting one in the lab. This idea was the biggest takeaway for me.” — Douglas
  • “Yaneisy made an excellent, cohesive presentation as evidenced by her descriptions All too often presenters read PowerPoint slides and in this case, the presenter gave insights. It’s the evidence and how it is presented that leads to indictments.” — Ken
  • “To hear the process and sources where she gathers her information and then see a final link chart product. Very interesting.” — Chris
  • “Great presentation with lots of applicable information. Thank you!” — Sharee




A Partner Webinar is a sponsored webinar with an organization that provides products or services to the criminal justice industry.


This webinar is sponsored by Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology.  Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology is a leader in forensic analysis providing innovative and effective solutions like its unique technology: the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS®). IBIS is designed to find the “needle in the haystack” by discovering matches between pairs of spent bullets and cartridge cases at speeds well beyond human capacity. Forensic Technology helps experts obtain timely information so they can make society a safer place. By registering for this event you hereby authorize the Justice Clearinghouse to share your registration information with our sponsor organization.



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