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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN)

Crimes are solved by law enforcement following up on intelligence information from ballistic imaging technology. Since the 1990s, ATF has worked with our law enforcement partners to place the capabilities of the NIBIN Network where it can help incarcerate armed violent offenders plaguing our communities. Today ATF has the capability to share ballistics intelligence across the United States making law enforcement resources more effective.

NIBIN Program - How it Works?

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 in the United States.
Prior to the NIBIN Program, firearms examiners performed this process manually which was extremely labor intensive. 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.

Law enforcement agencies are encouraged to submit their cartridge casing evidence and seized crime guns into the network in a timely manner. ATF has worked to place the program in strategic locations of the country with the goal of giving investigators an edge in our mutual fight against firearms related violence. >> MORE

NIBIN Resources
NIBIN Guidance

The NIBIN Program offers training to Federal, State and local law enforcement partners who currently have or have access to a NIBIN system. Training is offered for acquisition of cartridge cases and, at the current time, navigating the software to perform correlation reviews. The options for training include: contract with Forensic Technology, the manufacturer of the Integrated Ballistic Identification System, to have them conduct the training; make arrangements to be trained at one of the ATF laboratories or alternative sites designated by the NIBIN Program, or have training conducted by an authorized user at the NIBIN site you will be using. All personnel that receive training will have to complete pre-course work to familiarize themselves with terminology and basic features of firearms and fired ammunition components that are critical to successful acquisition and correlation in NIBIN. After being trained to operate the system the student will need to pass a competency test to ensure they know how to correctly enter an item and have that item score in the top 5 on the correlation list. The student’s work product will also be reviewed for a period of time to ensure they continue to properly enter items into the system. Should you have more question on training you can contact the NIBIN Branch at 202-648-7140. At the current time the NIBIN Program does not offer training to develop correlation skills as this is best done by establishing a mentoring relationship with trained and skilled users at the site were the trainee would be performing correlations. >> MORE

NIBIN User Area


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