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Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Initiative


Administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Initiative encourages local jurisdictions to work with their local ATF crime gun intelligence centers to collectively leverage their intelligence, technology, and community engagement. This initiative provides funding to swiftly identify unlawfully used firearms and their sources, and effectively prosecute perpetrators engaged in violent crime.

CGICs require intensive, ongoing collaboration among ATF, the local police department, the local crime laboratory, probation and parole, local police gang units, prosecuting attorneys, the U.S. Attorney's Office, crime analysts, community groups, and academic organizations to focus on 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. This collaboration includes the use of both ATF's eTrace, run by the National Tracing Center, and ATF's National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN), and, if available, the NIBIN National Correlation Center (NNCTC).

CGIC Sites


BJA has awarded grant funding to 33 sites that proposed to replicate the ATF Governing Board’s CGIC best practices in their jurisdictions. The sites, selected with input and coordination from the ATF, are:

Albuquerque, NM

Baltimore, MD Charlotte, NC
Chattanooga, TN Cincinnati, OH Columbia, SC
Cuyahoga County, OH Detroit, MI East Baton Rouge, LA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL Henderson, NC Houston, TX
Indianapolis, IN Kansas City, MO Little Rock, AR
Los Angeles, CA Louisville, KY Memphis, TN
Miami, FL Milwaukee, WI Myrtle Beach, SC
New Haven, CT Palm Beach County, FL Paterson, NJ
Phoenix, AZ San Francisco, CA Saint Paul, MN
Tampa, FL Toledo, OH Tulsa, OK
Washington, D.C. Wichita, KS Winston-Salem, NC


CGIC Work Flow, a 7-Step Process

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Additional resources and information can be found on the National Crime Gun Intelligence Center Initiative website.

Date Modified: August 18, 2022
Date Created: December 9, 2019