Administered by BJA in partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Integration 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).
Additional resources and information can be found at https://crimegunintelcenters.org/.
To launch this initiative, BJA awarded grant funding to 11 cities that proposed to replicate the ATF Governing Board's CGIC best practices in their jurisdictions. The cities, selected with input and coordination from ATF, are: