What Is The Federal Participation In BATS?

Federal law (18 USC 846b) requires all Federal agencies to report incidents involving arson and the suspected criminal misuse of explosives to the USBDC. In 2004, the Attorney General directed the consolidation of all Department of Justice (DOJ) arson and explosives incident databases into a single system, which is now known as BATS. As a result, the ATF Arson and Explosives Incident System (AEXIS) and the former FBI Automated Incident Reporting System (AIRS) have been consolidated into BATS. In August 2010, the Deputy Attorney General’s Office directed the FBI and ATF to ensure that all state and local law enforcement that partner with FBI and ATF in explosives investigations, report in BATS, in order to be a "comprehensive" database. 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).

Last Reviewed September 23, 2016