ATF Awards $5M for Crime Gun Intelligence & Ballistics Testing

Gun, shell casings and boot print in sand. Ballistics grants have been awarded by ATF and BJA to seven cities in 2018 under the national Crime Gun Intelligence Centers initiative.
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ATF and BJA awarded grants to seven local government entities to enhance forensics ballistics under the national Crime Gun Intelligence Center initiative.

The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), in partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), is awarding $5 million under the Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative to encourage local jurisdictions to use intelligence, ballistics testing technology and community engagement to identify unlawfully used firearms and to prosecute those who commit violent crimes.

The grant recipients are:

  • Indianapolis, Indiana, $798, 866
  • Memphis, Tennessee, $714,055
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma, $800,000
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana, $634,971
  • Detroit, Michigan, $800,000
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, Police Department, $452,108
  • City/County of San Francisco, California, $800,000

The jurisdictions will use these awards to hire personnel to utilize the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), to purchase technology required to operate a Crime Gun Intelligence Center and ammunition for ballistics tests of recovered weapons.

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Read our previous coverage of NIBIN and ballistics-related grants:

DOJ Awards Nearly $500,000 to Combat Gun Crime in Seattle

$1.5M Grants for Pennsylvania Gun Violence Reduction Initiatives

≤$500K for Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction

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