ATF

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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

FY-04-02

Contact: Andrew L. Lluberes

202-927-8500

For
Immediate Release
www.atf.gov

November 4, 2003

ATF
LAUNCHES NEW BOMB AND ARSON TRACKING SYSTEM
To Be Shared With State and Local Law Enforcement
Agencies

WASHINGTON
– The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
announced today that it has launched a new, Internet-accessible system
that will allow state, local and other federal law enforcement agencies
to share information about bomb and arson cases and incidents.

ATF’s
Arson and Explosives National Repository, which Congress has entrusted
with maintaining all national information on explosives incidents and
arson, developed the Bomb and Arson Tracking System (BATS) to serve
as a library that state, local and other federal law enforcement agencies
could use to manage and exchange information.

“BATS
will for the first time provide state, local and federal law enforcement
agencies that have fire, arson, post-blast and explosives ordnance disposal
responsibilities the ability to receive real-time information concerning
violent crimes under their jurisdiction,” said Kathleen L. Kiernan,
ATF’s assistant director for strategic intelligence and information.
“It will allow investigators to go from being reactive to proactive.”

The
system, which is free of charge to participants, is limited only to
law enforcement agencies. The BATS program is built upon a number of
robust information technology and management security features. Finally,
in furtherance of its proactive approach to security, only law enforcement
agencies with the ability to obtain information from the National Crime
Information Center will be allowed to participate.


Once participants receive a user ID and password from ATF, they can
capture, store and exchange information such as the type of incident,
target, date, time and location by city, town, county and zip code.
BATS also uses the latest Geographical Information System (GIS) technology
to create maps and confirm incident locations.

BATS
allows investigators to capture other details, including the area of
origin or device placement, casualties, dollar losses, fire descriptors,
collateral crimes, device components, how the device was paced and biological,
chemical and radiological information.

The
system is user friendly and requires no special programming expertise.
Investigators can create, for example, a narrative document on an incident
in widely used Word or WordPerfect format and then copy and paste it
into BATS.

The
features of the BATS program allow it to be used equally well by law
enforcement agencies that already have an existing records management
system as well as those looking for a basic turn-key records management
solution solely dedicated to the violent crimes of arson and bombing.

ATF
serves as the custodian for BATS, but each participating agency will
manage and control its own information and decide how and with whom
to share classified information.

ATF’s
Arson and Explosives National Repository worked since the spring of
2001 with PEC Solutions, Inc., of Fairfax, Va., and state and local
law enforcement agencies to develop BATS at a cost of about $500,000.

ATF
is conducting BATS pilot projects with the state fire marshal’s
office of Maine, the Glendale, Ariz., police and fire departments, the
Winchester, Va. police department, the Southlake, Texas, public safety
department, and the fire investigations unit of the Tulsa, Okla., fire
department.

Law
enforcement agencies interested in participating in BATS should contact
the National Repository at 1-800-461-8841. More information on ATF can
be found at www.atf.gov and on the
National Repository at www.atf.gov/aexis2/index.htm.


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