Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Grants & Training

Crime gun intelligence centers offer expert training and forensics related to illegal firearm use around the country.
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The DOJ grant is for local law enforcement agencies to enhance crime gun intelligence and forensics activities around illegal firearms used in violent crimes.

The 2019 application period is approaching to apply for the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration (CGIC) Initiative, a national project administered in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The funding is used by local jurisdictions to enhance intelligence, ballistics testing technology and community engagement to identify unlawfully used firearms.

CGIC centers are an interagency collaboration that allows the sharing of breakthroughs in crime gun intelligence by analyzing gun crime evidence, including shell casings, to help identify shooters, disrupt criminal activity and prevent future violence.

Through the grant program and education centers, the DOJ aims to reduce the amount of gun violence, and decrease the number of illegally-obtained firearms on the street.

After the 2018 recipients were notified, a total of 14 CGIC facilities have been created around the country, offering expertise and training.

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Washington D.C.
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, Police Department
  • City/County of San Francisco, California
Funding Crime Gun Intelligence Technical & Training Assistance

The CGIC program grant not only provides funding to encourage jurisdictions to use intelligence and ballistics testing technology, but also officers technical and training assistance, including the use of practical guides and checklists, technical briefings and training, and quick reaction assessments. Jurisdictions that request training will receive education and instruction through a joint effort between the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Police Foundation by:

  • Law enforcement
  • Investigative and prosecution experts
  • Forensic experts
  • Technologists
  • Academic experts

Any local entity who would like to receive technical and training assistance through the CGIC program should request training on the Crime Gun Intelligence Center website.

For more information on the grant and how to apply, visit the CGIC website.

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Rachel Engel

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Author Rachel Engel is also Associate Editor of Military1.com. She is based in Kansas.