National Police Foundation evaluates Crime Gun Intelligence Centers in eight local jurisdictions

Crime Gun Intelligence Centers (CGIC) are an interagency collaboration focused on the immediate collection, management, and analysis of crime gun evidence, such as cartridge casings, in real time, to identify shooters, disrupt criminal activity, and to prevent future violence. CGICs rely on an ongoing collaboration between the ATF, local police department, crime laboratory, probation and parole, prosecuting attorneys, U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO), crime analysts, community groups, and academic organizations.

In Los Angeles, CA the post-CGIC period demonstrated a decrease of 18.9% in homicides, a 7.7% decrease in firearm-related homicides, and the firearm related robbery rate decreased by 3.1%. Uchida, C., Quigley, A., Anderson, K. Evaluating the Los Angeles Crime Gun Intelligence Center (2019) (Photo by: National Police Foundation)

Through its National Resource and Technical Assistance Center (NRTAC) for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations, the National Police Foundation (NPF) is providing training and technical assistance to jurisdictions participating in the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Local Crime Gun Intelligence Center Initiative. These sites promote interagency collaboration focused on the immediate collection, management, and analysis of crime gun evidence across local, state, and federal partners. The primary outcome of CGIC sites is the identification of armed violent offenders for investigation and prosecution. Other outcomes include: identifying crime gun source, efficiently allocating resources, providing decision-makers with the most accurate crime data available, increasing case closure rates, advancing public safety, and preventing gun crime.

Between November 2019 and February 2020, the NRTAC will conduct eight CGIC site assessments for the FY19 BJA grant-funded CGIC sites: Baltimore, MD; Little Rock, AR; Tampa, FL; Saint Paul, MN; Columbia, SC; Houston, TX; Wichita, KS; and Winston-Salem, NC.

The NRTAC team meets with the Baltimore (MD) Police Department, ATF, and other partners for their onsite Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) assessment. (Photo by: National Police Foundation)

A team of subject matter experts will participate in a two-day site assessment to identify areas for process improvement according to the seven-step CGIC workflow designed by the NRTAC. Evaluation of cartridge case collection; National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) entry and correlation; intelligence analysis and investigation; state and federal prosecution; and feedback will occur to develop a comprehensive CGIC recommendations guide and process map. This guide serves as the basis for each CGIC site’s strategic plan development to ensure policy and process improvements and implementation.  Through training and technical assistance provided by the NRTAC, each CGIC site is well-positioned to sustain their CGIC processes beyond the course of the grant funding.

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