Philadelphia police will cooperate with ATF to speed up shooting investigations
The new partnership between the Philadelphia Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) will use advanced ballistic technology to quickly process crime scenes and potentially speed up the timetable for shooting investigations.
The department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office jointly announced this cooperation and provided the city with a National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) truck with the assistance of ATF personnel.
“The existence of the NIBIN van in Philadelphia is a very important and valuable tool in our toolbox,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Abiter Williams. “This will help expedite the testing and processing of evidence in gun violence investigations. More evidence equals more cases showing that our office can prosecute federally. This also means that more federal governments are concerned about the use of these guns in this beautiful Violent criminals who caused severe damage on the streets of the city were convicted.”
Improved ballistic checks will allow researchers to connect the gun to the casing, which may display information about the shooting in other locations. A faster process will reduce the backlog of investigations and can link multiple shootings to a single shooter.
“The cooperation with our federal partners and the knowledge and resources provided by these federal agencies are vital assets for any department,” said Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. “We will continue to work with our federal, state, and local agencies to increase our investigative workload and ultimately strengthen these cases with federal consequences.”
This cooperation was announced in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Last month’s “all hands-on” initiative In order to solve the gun violence epidemic in Philadelphia, the city has reached 600 homicides this year. The plan includes other federal partners from the FBI, the National Environment Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies.
Matthew Varisco, head of the ATF Philadelphia branch, told NIBIN: “The ATF will maintain an unwavering struggle with our local, state, and federal partners to combat violent crimes committed in the entire Pennsylvania community. Difficult struggle.” Fan plans. “The cooperation of investigators and prosecutors is the first step to alleviate the gun violence that plagues our communities, and we believe that we can make strides in the right direction.”