June 28, 2021—The National Police Foundation’s National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations (NRTAC), supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has assisted 27 sites across the country with implementing policies and processes to enhance their crime gun intelligence centers (CGICs) to respond to fatal and non-fatal shootings. The CGIC model supports interagency collaboration focused on the immediate collection, management, and analysis of crime gun evidence in real time to prevent further shootings. The CGIC model is rooted in data analysis and sustainable partnerships, both of which could not be more important during our current climate. Collaboration between local police departments, governmental stakeholders, and the community is critical to driving down gun violence and enhancing police legitimacy. Law enforcement from all eight sites heard from experts and peers about the importance of key technologies for disrupting the shooting cycle, such as the ATF’s National Integrated Ballistics Imaging Network (NIBIN), as well as the importance of information sharing with partners and the community.
The new sites, selected by BJA through a competitive process, include: Albuquerque, NM; Chattanooga, TN; New Haven, CT; Henderson, NC; Myrtle Beach, SC; Palm Beach County, FL; Miami, FL; Toledo, OH.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is currently seeking new CGIC sites to be selected in the Fall of 2021. See https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/O-BJA-2021-47002.pdf.
The deadline to apply is July 14, 2021.
To learn more about the CGIC Initiative, please visit: https://crimegunintelcenters.org.