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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

News Release

For Immediate Release

Friday, February 8, 2019
Contact: Ronnie Dahl, PIO

Detroit Police Department Joins ATF Center for Real-Time Gun Crime Intelligence

DETROIT — The Detroit Police Department began receiving real-time intelligence on its local gun crime from ATF's National Correlation and Training Center. The center examines and correlates ballistic evidence submitted through ATF's National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, or NIBIN, to identify where, when and how criminals are using firearms in a community within 48 hours of entry.

"Timely information can be crucial in an investigation and help save lives," said Special Agent in Charge James Deir. "ATF will continue to utilize all available tools in our relentless effort to reduce violent crime in our communities." "The utilization of technology has certainly been beneficial to our department in the reduction of crime," Chief James Craig said. "This tool is another great example of how law enforcement agencies can work together to improve the safety of our communities."

NIBIN is a two-part system that uses 3D imaging software and state-of-the-art correlation technology to examine and compare shell casings and other ballistic evidence recovered at crime scenes or test fires. When agencies participate in the NNCTC, ATF personnel complete correlations based on submissions from participating sites, and provide real-time intelligence back to investigators within 48 hours of submission.

Since opening in April 2016, the NNCTC has provided leads that have solved homicides, attempted homicides and other shooting incidents in partner cities. Staff complete between 300 and 400 correlations each day for 40 sites in 20 states.

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