Efforts to prevent gun-related crimes across Ohio highlighted by attorney general
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Ohio attorney general highlighted the latest firearms ballistic testing resources available to law enforcement agencies to help prevent gun-related crimes across the state.
Attorney General Dave Yost was joined by several members of local law enforcement agencies at the Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s office in Richfield to tour the facility and discuss the improvements made to the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network.
Yost was here to make the announcement that the NIBIN national correlation center will tie the Richfield unit, located at Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation offices, into a national data base of ballistics reports.
That’s critical, according to Yost, as the current NIBIN units that are tied to the national data base are in the state’s largest cities, including Cleveland, and usually connect with cases in their jurisdictions.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives developed the NIBIN program and is working to get the nation’s 250 plus units all tied into the national data base.
It will take some time to make that happen, but this was a big step for Ohio according to Tim Cannon, the Assistant Special Agent in charge of the Columbus office of ATF.
“ATF’s goal, once we get up to capacity, is that we’ll do the the correlation, the back half of it, on behalf of every law enforcement agency and NIBIN site in the country,” Cannon said.
Yost was energized by the promise of NIBIN, especially in Richfield, as it will open up many investigative opportunities for Ohio BCI that simply previously were not always available.
“The database is becoming more and more robust because we have more and more entries,” Yost said.
According to Gov. DeWine’s office, Ohio’s initiative with the NIBIN allows for more thorough scientific analysis and decreased turnaround time for firearm evidence testing.
“We must do more to hold accountable the small number of dangerous criminals who are responsible for most of the gun violence in our state, the convicted felons who have lost their right to possess firearms, yet they continue to carry and use guns to hurt and kill people,” Gov. DeWine said. “By more than doubling the number of NIBIN units in Ohio, we’ll give our local law enforcement partners easier access to this crime-solving technology to help develop investigative leads that result in arrests.”
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