The following checklist was developed by Michael Eberhardt and is designed for investigators assigned to gun crime related events. Crime Gun Intelligence Centers (CGICs) provide ongoing support to criminal investigations. Once a possible match, or "lead" is identified the crime lab sends information on the lead/hit to investigators. A NIBIN lead report has many potential tactical and strategic uses for law enforcement. Law enforcement investigators can use it to link crimes, which can help to identify suspects. They can also use it to understand patterns of gun crime, such as gun sharing and trafficking. The CGIC can add value to investigative information as it develops, giving investigators every possible advantage to solve cases. The following checklist details next steps for investigators and detectives once a NIBIN lead is received.
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