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BJA FY2023 Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative to purchase NIBIN equipment to address the NIBIN submissions on site.

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Competitive Discretionary
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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $368,866)

The Jefferson County Regional Crime Laboratory (JCRCL) is the agency responsible for analyzing evidence from criminal investigations in Jefferson County, Lakewood, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Golden, and other municipalities within Jefferson County, Colorado.  The Firearms Section of the JCRCL is responsible for completing all forensic firearm examinations to include National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) evidence acquisitions for jurisdictions within Jefferson County.

The firearms caseload has increased each year since the inception of the unit in 2016. Currently, the JCRCL does not have NIBIN equipment and must send personnel, or transport evidence, to other laboratories to complete this process (CBI and City of Denver).  Working with other agencies includes travel time and coordination with the other laboratories.  With heavy caseloads of their own, the partner agencies do not always have the time to allow use of the equipment or process the JCRCL NIBIN items.  The intent of this grant application is to purchase the NIBIN equipment, fund yearly NIBIN fees, and provide funding for the associated NIBIN training.

Date Created: September 8, 2023