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Pinal County Gun Crime Reduction Program

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Competitive Discretionary
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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $552,424)

Pinal County has seen a significant increase in population growth and is the third largest county in Arizona with a current growth rate of 1.14% and a 17.12% growth rate since 2010. The Pinal County community has experienced a precipitous increase in firearm related violent crime over the past three years. The Pinal County Gun Crime Reduction Program aims to reduce gun crime violence and make communities not only in Pinal County, but all over the state of Arizona safer. Making communities safer will be achieved by obtaining a NIBIN terminal and creating a Gun Crime Task Force to investigate all firearms related violent crime.

The purpose of creating a Gun Crime Task Force will be the immediate collection, management and analysis of crime gun evidence such as shell casings and test fires of unlawfully used firearms recovered in real-time, to identify criminal shooters, disrupt criminal activity and prevent future violence. The information gathered by using the NIBIN terminal can then be shared in real time with agencies throughout Pinal County and the State of Arizona.  By sharing information in real time, this will help to identify suspects and prevent future crimes by those suspects.

Upon obtaining the NIBIN Terminal, the NIBIN terminal would be housed at the Casa Grande Police Department which is centrally located in Pinal County. Several of the larger Pinal County Law Enforcement agencies will be responsible for having a trained NIBIN technician to process their firearms related evidence. Furthermore, the terminal would be available not to just agencies in Pinal County, but to any local, state or federal agency upon request.

Obtaining a NIBIN terminal will benefit not only the citizens of Pinal County by reducing violent gun crime, it will benefit law enforcement agencies with the sharing of information and the ability to link crimes in different jurisdictions. This in turn will assist with successful prosecution and longer prison sentences for violent offenders.

Date Created: September 8, 2023