Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $699,959)
The Aurora Police Department will produce timely, precise, and objective Crime Gun Intelligence data to identify, focus, and coordinate their efforts and those of bordering agencies, and federal law enforcement, forensic, and prosecutorial resources on the most violent armed offenders in Aurora. The proposed model will be built upon the best practices set forth by the National Crime Gun Intelligence Governing Board, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and Bureau of Justice Assistance. Aurora will generate timely and comprehensive NIBIN and Crime Gun tracing data to be used as proactive, objective investigative tools to provide fast, accurate, and relevant information to both investigators and prosecutors. Investigators can quickly follow-up on NIBIN leads to investigate recent shootings, determine the sources of Crime Guns, link otherwise unrelated shooting crimes, and identify violent suspects for priority proactive investigations. Prosecutors can use Crime Gun Intelligence as compelling, scientific proof in the courtroom to link firearm evidence to additional violent crimes, thus enhancing bonds and sentences. The Crime Gun Intelligence concept is based on the premise that evidence, casings recovered from the scenes of all shooting crimes, and every qualifying pistol and rifle taken into police custody will be test fired and entered into the NBIN database. In addition, Crime Gun Intelligences overlays Crime Gun tracing with NIBIN Leads to identify the first retail purchasers of firearms that have actually been used to commit shooting crimes. The project’s main goal and impactful expected outcomes are:
The primary goal of Crime Gun Intelligence is to develop timely actionable leads that will identify armed violent offenders for investigation and prosecution.
Meaningful, timely, and ongoing collaboration with ATF, bordering police agencies, local crime laboratories, probation and parole, prosecuting attorneys, U.S. Attorneys’ Office (USAO), crime analysts, community groups, and academic organizations.
Reduce the rate of homicides and non-fatal shootings.