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Fact Sheet - Crime Gun Intelligence Centers (CGIC)

May, 2018
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Fast Facts

  1. CGICs identify armed violent offenders for investigation and prosecution using crime gun evidence, such as shell casings, in real time.

  2. CGICs are formal partnerships between ATF; law enforcement agencies; forensic laboratories; academic organizations; and prosecutors who are committed to combating gun crime using forensic science and dedicated investigative follow up.

  3. National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) acquires and correlates ballistic evidence submitted from across the nation and provides investigators a report of linked crime scenes and shootings with the same ballistic evidence.

ATF Crime Gun Intelligence Centers (CGICs) disrupt the shooting cycle by using forensic science and data analysis to identify, investigate, and prosecute shooters and their sources of crime guns. The 25 ATF CGICs, working closely with their local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, provide investigative leads nationwide and support numerous crime gun intelligence initiatives in small- to medium-sized cities.

A key resource for CGICs is the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN). NIBIN is a nationwide collection of digital images of fired cartridge casings, often taken from crime scenes and recovered crime guns. NIBIN links firearms-related evidence across towns, cities, and states, and it allows law enforcement to solve cases that span jurisdictions.

ATF CGICs also use eTrace, a secure, web-based law enforcement network run by ATF’s National Tracing Center, which traces crime guns from recovery back to the original purchase. CGICs analyze trace information to uncover patterns of firearms trafficking, identify illegal and “straw” firearms purchasers, and develop leads to recover firearms used in violent crime.

ATF CGICs are staffed with a diverse and highly-trained workforce. ATF special agents, industry operations investigators, and intelligence research specialists, collaborate with local, state, and federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors to create a team dedicated to combating firearms-related violence. These close partnerships allow CGICs to provide actionable intelligence that is specific to local communities, resulting in more communication, more leads, and more prosecutions.

ATF CGICs use criminal intelligence and specialized skills to provide a coordinated law enforcement response to violent gun crime. CGICs’ nationwide efforts reduce violence and provide justice for victims.


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