Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $296,966)
The primary scope of this proposal is to ensure Guam’s Forensic Science Division Firearms Unit has an updated system for the analysis of firearms evidence to improve the quality and timeliness for the processing and analysis of firearms evidence and to address the emerging opioid crisis. To address the emerging opioid crisis, the FSD will use the funds for the purchase of a 3D Automated Ballistic Identification System to include comparison workstation, warranty, application software, license, and training. The 3D Automated Ballistic Identification System will be used for the analysis of firearms evidence. The portability and versatility of the 3D Automated Ballistic Identification System allows for its use in virtually any environment allowing for the safe analysis of firearms evidence in a protected area. The system will provide the ability to process projectiles and cartridge casings on-scene allowing for the sorting of evidence and even provide virtual comparison microscopy so work can begin on-site. The database will provide the ability to connect firearms evidence across cases to establish possible connections in violent crime, especially when the source firearm is not recovered.