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Opening the Black Box of NIBIN - Research for the Real World Seminar

NCJ Number
248510
Date Published
July 2014
Agencies
NIJ
Annotation
In this video, Dr. Bill King discusses the operations of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), a program through which firearms examiners at state and local crime laboratories compare tool marks on fired bullets or cartridges found at a crime scene to digitized images of ballistic evidence in a nationwide database.
Abstract
Dr. King discusses the operations of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), a program through which firearms examiners at state and local crime laboratories compare tool marks on fired bullets or cartridges found at a crime scene to digitized images of ballistic evidence in a nationwide database. Dr. King headed up a team of NIJ-funded researchers that examined the value of NIBIN database "hits" in solving crimes in which firearms are used. He talks about the team's findings and recommendations for improving the tactical value and the strategic value of the NIBIN program. Dr. King is joined by John Risenhoover, NIBIN's national coordinator at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), who discusses how ATF has used the research findings in an effort to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of NIBIN.
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