If one looks at the history of firearm identification, one will find a history rich in knowledge and tradition. The procedures and processes set in motion by the founding fathers of the discipline have been tested and tried and, like the comparison microscope, not much has changed from the early 20th century. Advances in technology have allowed examiners opportunities to perform their casework better in many respects and examiners have incorporated these technological innovations into their traditional stream of casework.
Modern ballistic imaging technology, such as IBIS®, provides an opportunity to handle and manage casework in an innovative and, arguably, much more efficient and effective way. With respect to firearm comparison and identification, regional ballistic networks such as the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) and Canadian Integrated Ballistics Identification Network (CIBIN) can be leveraged to provide laboratories with a means of triaging firearm related evidence so that examiners are working on the most current relevant shooting crimes that are taking place in their regions of responsibility. It has been traditionally accepted that case severity followed by “first-in, first-out” are the prioritizing factors when handling firearm related casework. However, considering that in some regions up to 50% of the shootings that occur are related to other shootings, it is quite possible that the non-victim shooting case that had been relegated to the bottom of the pile of requests can hold the key to solving the homicide on the very top.
This webinar will discuss not only the concept of using regional ballistic networks to handle and manage casework innovatively but, will also show how this strategy has been effectively incorporated by one police agency to a great amount of success. In addition to being valuable for forensic laboratories, it will be useful for everyone involved in the investigation and prosecution of firearm-related cases so that they can understand better the potential of technology and how it might aid their investigations and prosecutions. In that way, investigators and prosecutors can be in a better position to work with their forensic laboratories in leveraging the power of technology to work more cohesively as a team.
Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology is a leader in forensic analysis providing innovative and effective solutions like its unique technology: the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS®). IBIS is designed to find the “needle in the haystack” by discovering matches between pairs of spent bullets and cartridge cases at speeds well beyond human capacity. Forensic Technology helps experts obtain timely information so they can make society safer.