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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Firearms

NIBIN Training Outline and Guidelines

Introduction

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) can provide training to law enforcement agencies for the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN); specifically, the acquisition of cartridge cases for BrassTRAX and heritage systems. Trainees will also learn the basics of performing correlations, but ATF recommends that an experienced mentor help them develop these skills after the training.

Considerations for Potential Trainees

Availability: Trainees should perform acquisitions daily for at least 1-2 months after training to reinforce their skills. Agencies with multiple trainees should stagger their training to allow this.

Computer Skills: Trainees must be able to navigate the software intuitively to generate reports and perform other desired functions.

Firearm Familiarity: The training will cover recognizing the various marks firearms produce, so trainees will not need overt familiarity unless they will also conduct test fires.

Monitoring: ATF will monitor the acquisitions of newly trained operators for quality assurance purposes and expects that new operators and their supervisors will be open to any potential remedial training deemed necessary.

Available Training Options

1. Contact Forensic Technology, Inc., (FTI) directly for on-site training. ATF will administer a competency test after training.

2. Contact ATF Training Coordinator Angela Mincey-McCall to schedule training at an ATF Laboratory (Walnut Creek, California; Ammendale, Maryland; or Atlanta, Georgia).

  • Arrange necessary travel funding (ATF provides the actual training at no cost).
  • Submit contact information (name, phone, e-mail) for trainees and their supervisors.
  • Trainees must complete a pre-course training packet at least 2 weeks before training.
  • Training will take 2 full days and include the competency test.

3. Contact ATF Training Coordinator Angela Mincey-McCall for local training.

  • Submit the name of a local qualified trainer for ATF approval.
  • Submit contact information (name, phone, e-mail) for trainees and their supervisors.
  • Trainees must complete a pre-course training packet at least 2 weeks before training.
  • ATF will supply a training kit and competency test. (Please return after training.)
  • ATF may review images from training and will be the approver of the competency test.