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INTERPOL and Forensic Technology Host Ballistics Symposium

  
  
  

IFFS brought together over 200 delegates from over 70 countries to help combat firearm violenceLYON, France — An international meeting has recently closed at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters to review national and international trends and advances in firearm forensics analysis and investigations, and to recommend international best practices through a global response to the threat of firearm crimes.

The three-day (1-3 February) symposium, organized in co-operation with Montreal-based company Forensic Technology, brought together more than 200 ballistic experts and forensic scientists, law enforcement professionals, public safety administrators, policy makers and national agency directors from  more than 75 INTERPOL member countries.

Interpol firearm Forensics Symposium held in Lyon in FebruaryOpening the conference, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said that as a threat to the safety of citizens in any country, firearms presented ‘a wider danger’ to a country’s security, stability and development.

The head of INTERPOL said that INTERPOL’s Ballistic Information Network (IBIN) would enable frontline officers to detect connections between separate crimes that could otherwise go undetected. 

“We constantly see connections between firearm crimes and other criminal activities, from corruption and organized crime to human trafficking and terrorism. Firearms and their related activities know no borders, which is why a global response is required and is one which INTERPOL is ideally placed to provide,” said Mr. Noble.

“Just as fingerprint data can link crimes and criminals across international borders, so too will the international sharing of ballistic data,” added Mr Noble.

With the central focus of the symposium on firearm forensics intelligence sharing, Forensic Technology President Robert A. Walsh said: “The path towards a sustainable solution against firearm crimes lies in the optimal mix of well-informed professionals, carefully planned programmes and processes, and efficient use of technologies.”

“No country remains unaffected by firearm violence. It is therefore crucial to better understand the root cause of this gun violence if we are to tackle the challenges posed by transnational firearm crime”, added Mr Walsh.

Every firearm leaves unique microscopic markings on the surface areas of fired bullets and cartridge cases – a ballistic fingerprint. Current ballistics technology enables INTERPOL and law enforcement agencies to share and compare thousands of ballistic exhibits within hours. INTERPOL anticipates that shared ballistic data analysis will reveal illicit firearms trafficking routes and provide police with critical information about firearms traffickers and other violent criminals.

IBIN is a platform for the large-scale international sharing and comparison of ballistics data. It connects those member countries or territories that have the Integrated Ballistic Identification System created by INTERPOL’s partner in this project, Forensic Technology. Further countries or regional alliances set to acquire the system in the future.

Comments

International sharing of ballistic data is an excellent idea to curb the menace of illicit trafficking of firearms routes.In India,we are yet to make much progress in this regard.I am a district judge,keenly interested in forensic ballistics.
Posted @ Saturday, March 31, 2012 12:55 PM by prithviraj chavan
Looking forward for a fruitful seminar/conference.
Posted @ Thursday, May 03, 2012 9:02 AM by prithviraj chavan
International sharing of ballistic data is one of the best way to low the illicit trafficking of firearms routes.In Peru,we are yet to make much progress in this regard.I am an expert in ballistics, i work at the nacional police, criminal investigation department store, criminalistics office, i'd glad to keep in touch with you, and i'd be glad to apply to some course about ballistics and its technoology, and i can affort in my country in the future.
Posted @ Sunday, May 20, 2012 9:33 PM by ivan arturo ibañez rubio
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