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Crimes are solved by law enforcement following up on intelligence information from ballistic imaging technology. Who is the shooter and how did they get a firearm? Those are two questions investigators hope a mobile unit will help answer by taking a closer look at shell casings.
The National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) mobile technology is used to better help connect guns and shooters to the crimes they commit. The NIBIN Program automates ballistics evaluations and provides actionable investigative leads in a timely manner. NIBIN is the only interstate automated ballistic imaging network in operation in the United States and is available to most major population centers.
The city of High Point (North Carolina) police department is teaming up with the federal government to track guns used in crimes, and 21 law enforcement agencies will get to use this mobile technology. Deputies can either collect shell casings found at a crime scene or test firearms found at a crime scene and put those casings into the system.
To use NIBIN, firearms examiners or technicians enter cartridge casing evidence into the Integrated Ballistic Identification System. These images are correlated against the database. Law enforcement can search against evidence from their jurisdiction, neighboring ones, and others across the country. This program is one investigative tool accessed by law enforcement that allows each of us to share information and cooperation easily making all of us more effective in closing cases, according to reports by wfmynews2.com.
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