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Toolkit: Crime Gun Intelligence


National Gun Violence Research Center

The National Gun Violence Research Center is dedicated to providing information regarding gun-related crime and promising practices to reduce gun violence. Based in Washington, D.C., the Center serves as a resource for police agencies, policymakers and the public to receive accurate, timely and nonpartisan information on gun violence and about strategies and policies designed to reduce it.


The "Crime Gun Intelligence Center" Model

Case studies of the Denver, Milwaukee, and Chicago approaches to Investigating Gun Crime


The National Crime Gun Intelligence Center Initiative

The National Crime Gun Intelligence Center Initiative supports local multidisciplinary teams in their efforts to prevent violent crime by identifying perpetrators, linking criminal activities, and identifying sources of crime guns for immediate disruption, investigation, and prosecution. These efforts and others are all components of Crime Gun Intelligence Centers (CGICs), an innovative and collaborative concept developed by the Denver Police Department and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).


ATF Resources to Combat Violent Crime

The primary criminal enforcement mission of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is to protect the public from violent crime. In partnership with AUSAs and state prosecutors, ATF agents disrupt and dismantle the criminal organizations plaguing communities. Whether the target is a gang member committing murders and armed robberies, a firearms trafficker, or an arsonist or bomb maker trying to strike fear through fire and destruction, ATF has dedicated assets and expertise to identify those criminals and facilitate a successful prosecution. This article provides a brief overview of those resources, focusing on three key areas: investigation and evidence collection, expert information and testimony, and public information and assistance.


Crime Gun Intelligence Centers Guide

This document provides background on CGIC processes and includes a peer exchange sample guide and additional resources. Agencies interested in learning more about CGICs may find it helpful to visit an agency with an established program in a peer learning opportunity.


5 Things You Need to Know About Crime Gun Intelligence Centers

This one page fact sheet provides five key areas that CGICs should implement to enhance effectiveness and improve outcomes.


Crime Gun Intelligence: Disrupting the Shooting Cycle

A best practices guide for implementing a crime gun intelligence program as part of a comprehensive violent crime strategy.


Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide

While some communities suffer much more than others, violent crime is a daunting challenge for metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs. Starting from their first day on the job and for every day they serve. This guide is written by Chiefs and for Chiefs. As a living document, we hope it will be updated and enhanced with best practices in the years ahead. It is the tradition of Major Cities Chiefs to share lessons learned with each other. The Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide was developed in this spirit because it seeks to convey what works and why when facing the menace of violent crime in urban areas.


Minimum Required Operating Standards for National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) Sites

This document consists of definitions and standards. The standards are minimum required operating standards that place specific requirements on all NIBIN sites. Equivalent measures not outlined in this document may also meet the standard if determined sufficient through an audit process.


Minimum Required Operating Standards for National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) Sites

A summary of the minimum required operating standards for National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) sites, effective July 2018.


Crime Gun Intelligence: Disrupting the Shooting Cycle

A best practices guide for implementing a crime gun intelligence program as part of a comprehensive violent crime strategy.


PSP Research Brief: Crime Gun Intelligence

Crime Gun Intelligence (CGI) utilizes evidence-based technology to provide law enforcement a unique tool to enhance comprehensive violent gun crime strategies. CGI combines all available information on crime guns and shootings to identify and disrupt the shooting cycle. CGI reveals leads not otherwise available to assist in identifying offenders who are illegally purchasing or transferring firearms and the offenders who use them to commit violent crimes. This document reviews the past 15 years of research on these strategies from the leading experts in the field. Also included are additional sources of information and guidance on CGICs and crime gun intelligence.


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