Solving Crime with Law Enforcement Software
September 26, 2016 − An ancient weapon, the trident is a three-pronged spear-head attached on the end of a long wooden shaft. First associated with Poseidon, it is said that he used his trident to cause tempests and earthquakes and then restore peacefulness.
What does a trident have to do with fighting gun crime in today’s day and age?
Firearm crime expert Pete Gagliardi has recently published an extremely insightful white paper. It details how police departments can solve and reduce gun crime in their communities by using a sophisticated three-pronged strategy of law enforcement software: GunOps, IBIS, and ShotSpotter.
By alerting police, collecting evidence, imaging the shells, and mapping crime, police can make a huge difference in not only how crimes are responded to, but how they are approached and investigated.
In terms of advanced technologies aimed specifically at firearm related crime, three technologies are relied upon and leveraged in New Jersey:
- ShotSpotter™ – a real-time gunshot detection and location system
- GunOps™ – a web-based gun crime tracking system that facilitates investigations and collaboration
- the Integrated Ballistics Identification System™ (IBIS) – the platform of the ATF National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN)
These technologies can provide law enforcement authorities with real-time intelligence that offers tactical and strategic value and help solve gun crimes faster.
Download your copy of the IBIS – GunOps – ShotSpotter: The Spears of the Trident white paper here.
ShotSpotter is gunshot detection, acoustic surveillance technology that uses sophisticated sensors to detect, locate and alert law enforcement agencies of illegal gunfire incidents in real time. The technology detects when a gun is discharged, protects officers with increased tactical awareness, and connects law enforcement agencies to the community and to their mission of protect and serve.
GunOps is a firearm-crime investigative tool used by police to help map firearm crime, search for trends and evidence, and hunt for suspects. It is web-based allowing for unlimited collaboration amongst law enforcement personnel. GunOps provides a visual and interactive way to monitor recovered firearm evidence as it is booked into the police department. This allows firearm examiners and investigators to filter and view firearm-related evidence according to geographical areas, which enables them to quickly zero in on the targets of interest. This is accomplished by connecting many pieces of information in order to link crimes, guns and suspects in a timelier manner so as to be of most value to investigators.
IBIS® (Integrated Ballistic Identification System), an integrated technology solution consisting of hardware and software which enables the sharing and comparison of significant quantities of exhibit information and images across a network of imaging sites, as well as the automated identification of likely matching bullets or cartridge cases. IBIS TRAX-HD3D is the latest generation of IBIS technology and includes exceptional 3D imaging, advanced comparison algorithms, and a robust infrastructure.
How Law Enforcement Software Works
The Model: NJSP
In the fight against gun crime, Gagliardi cites the New Jersey State Police as the model the rest of the country should try and emulate.
GunOps allows the New Jersey Ballistics Labs to input a wide variety of relevant data about the cases that are submitted to them. This data comes directly from the police reports they receive and is the comprehensive case management leg of the Trident system between ShotSpotter, GunOps and NIBIN. Forensic and investigative personnel from the eight agencies with access to GunOps labs are able to access and query this large pool of data to find hidden relationships beyond ballistics data alone.
About the White Paper’s Author
Pete Gagliardi has over 45 years of experience extracting useful investigative information from crime guns and related evidence in both the public and private sectors. Thirty of those years were in law enforcement – most of which was focused on the investigation of firearms and explosives related crimes with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).
In 2010, Pete authored a book entitled: The 13 Critical Tasks: An Inside-Out Approach to Solving More Gun Crime and has presented his works at conferences and seminars across the United States and internationally in many other countries throughout the world as well.
He currently serves on the Firearms Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).