Partner Webinar: From a NIBIN Lead to an Arrest…How do you get there?

Partner Webinar: From a NIBIN Lead to an Arrest…How do you get there?
Duration: 60 Minutes
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Recorded on: 2023-03-01
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The National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) is a database maintained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) that collects and compares ballistic evidence from firearms-related crimes. NIBIN leads are useful in linking series of gun crimes and when combined with other data sources, can provide crucial evidence that can provide information on the suspect/s and/or associates. This webinar walks us through the end-to-end process from NIBIN leads to arrest.

This webinar’s resource speakers are:

  • Jeff Russel, North American Forensic Intelligence Strategy Manager for Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology
  • Gerald Sloan, Detective from the Denver Police Department
  • Tyson Mertlich, Analyst at the Regional Anti-Violence Enforcement Network (RAVEN) in the Denver Metro area

Specifics of this session include:

  • An overview of RAVEN, its structure, mission, and scope of work.
  • A step-by-step of working NIBIN cases from the case assignment, the data sources utilized, and the agencies and individuals involved in working the cases.
  • The value in working with an analyst from the very beginning of the investigation and how it allows to disrupt violence promptly.
  • The critical steps and considerations when developing an investigative strategy that looks into reviewing all the reports and additional information, looking for commonalities, triaging search warrant priorities, and linking a gun to other potential incidents.
  • Strategies to organize and present the data in a form that would make sense for a layperson when it is presented in court proceedings.
  • The importance of constant communication and real-time information sharing between the analyst and the detective throughout the case.
  • The collaboration between the detective and analyst to build a comprehensive report related to the search warrant and discovery.
  • The treasure trove that is digital evidence that can corroborate NIBIN leads and traditional investigative techniques.
  • Examples were provided to demonstrate:
    • How NIBIN leads alongside different data sources led to building a robust case and an arrest.
    • How an analyst reviewing surveillance videos allowed taking note of details which provided valuable input into resolving a case.
    • How a recovered gun in a shooting enabled detectives and analysts to work backward to identify the shooter and all linked shootings.
    • Communication strategies between a detective and analyst utilizing OneNote during a subject interview which led to a confession.
    • How conversations and media shared in a Facebook group chat led to cracking down on multiple individuals involved in different shooting incidents.
    • How a gang-maintained YouTube channel’s analytics and monetization data corroborated with shooting incidents.

Questions raised by the participants are about:

  • State agency involvement for RAVEN.
  • Softwares used in enhancing video footage, data visualizations, and timeline presentation.
  • The recommended search warrant for social media.
  • Using cellphone location instead of ankle monitor GPS data.
  • Selecting and triaging the cases for task force investigation.
  • Recommended resource database for gun and violent crimes.
  • Updating and maintaining a NIBIN leads database.
  • Getting microscopic confirmation from labs.
  • Whether the NIBIN leads are confirmed first or just using the leads based on the totality of the circumstances.
  • Whether street staff is geo-coordinating collected shell casings on the scene.
  • The process to obtain NESS direct downloads.
  • Training and skills required for an analyst.
  • How to work a case where the shooting happened a year before a gun was recovered.
  • Getting analyst training from HIDTA.



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Audience Comments

  • “The case overviews were very helpful.” — Katelyn
  • “It was very helpful to see how the different information sources could be combined with NIBIN data to build good cases.” — William
  • “The spreadsheet correlating multiple shootings with the same gun/s. The YouTube monetization/shooting date correlation chart was also very creative and neat to see. Great work and thanks for presenting!” — Martin
  • “Excellent program. You need to put the gun to the suspect. The criminals parade firearms around.” — Robert
  • “It was informative to compare it to our efforts at our agency and share many of the same issues. Appreciate the question time, the learning from the questions asked and the answers are often more informative than the seminars sometimes are.” — Christopher
  • “The most valuable thing that I learned was how truly useful social media can be in this modern age. Great presentation!” — Rachel
  • “Presenters were great and the information was valuable.” — Kelly
  • “Valuable presentation capturing the detail and focus to detail needed to pursue a case.” — Lauchlin
  • “Ways to visualize NIBIN data and put together visual aids for investigators/DA’s.” — Andrew
  • “As a longtime analyst starting to work on NIBIN investigative leads, the entire presentation was valuable. I learned a number of things that I’m going to start looking into putting into practice.” — Chuck




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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