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Bomb Arson Tracking System (BATS)

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What is BATS?

The Bomb Arson Tracking System (BATS) is a web-based case management system which provides you, State and local arson & explosives investigators, access to up-to-date arson and explosives investigative data from across the nation at no charge. Unlike anything you may currently use, it's not just limited to your local jurisdiction or state. BATS provides you access to national arson and explosives incident information.

How Does BATS Work?

BATS is a secure, user friendly, web-based computer application. All you need is a browser and an Internet connection to use it. BATS is available to you around the clock. The BATS interface is easy to use; you enter case information into clearly identified data entry fields, and easily click dropdown menu selections. You can share your arson and explosives incidents with other BATS users across the country, and you can search and analyze national data to discover trends, patterns, and leads. You can also use BATS to create a variety of reports customized to your needs, and track and report incidents to justify budget requests. BATS is agency-administered and reports are printed with your agency’s letterhead. BATS is also part of the national curriculum at the Hazardous Devices School (bomb technicians) at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama and the National Fire Academy’s Fire/Arson Origin-and-Cause Investigations course in Emmitsburg, MD. In addition, BATS is part of the FBI’s “Model for Bomb Squad Standard Operating Procedures” (SOPs).

Features & Benefits

BATS features state-of-the-art case management technology. Users are able to capture details of explosives and fire cases, including improvised explosive device (IED) components, incendiary devices, origin-and-cause or device placement, suspect information, casualties, dollar losses, fire descriptors, collateral crimes, witness interviews, juvenile firesetters, and descriptions of how a device was delivered. BATS is separate from the NFIRS database. NFIRS reports the fire department suppression efforts; BATS documents the follow-up investigation. BATS allows users to search for case similarities nationwide to discover whether the same individual, IED, or arson is related to an investigation in another jurisdiction.