Triple Barrel Strategies

Triple Barrel Strategies is a stratgic concept built upon three canons: Cross-jurisdictional TEAMWORK, policy driven TACTICS and leveraging TECHNOLOGY. Promotion of the concept, involves thought leadership and strategic planning support to help governments develop sustainable solutions aimed at bringing justice to the victims of gun violence, closure to their families and peace to their neighborhoods.

The prupose of this Triple Barrel Strategies site is to share lessons learned in order to help police, forensic experts and prosecutors strike a proper balance of teamwork, tactics and technology required to sustain the timely collection, analysis and leveraging of crucial crime solving data from firearms and related evidence so that it can be of most value to investigators and prosecutors in perfecting their criminal cases.

A good quick and easy to understand guide is the Resolution on Regional Crime Gun Processing Protocols adopted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in 2012:

  • The thorough investigation of gun crimes and the proper collection of evidence.

  • The performance of national crime information system entries on recovered/stolen guns.

  • The timely tracing of the acquisition and disposition history of all guns possessed and used unlawfully.

  • The timely processing of crime gun test fires and evidence through ballistics data analysis networks.

  • The timely lab submission for analysis of other forensic data from crime guns and related evidence (e.g. DNA, latent fingerprints, trace evidence)

  • The timely generation, dissemination and relentless investigative follow-up of the intelligence derived from these protocols.

The resolution recognizes that criminals are mobile and that a detective's success in solving a murder case in "City A" can depend upon what a police officer in "City B" does or does not do with the gun that he or she seizes in a felony car stop.

Therefore, regionally shared protocols are essential to preventing dangerous criminals from escaping detection because the evidence of their crime remains stored on a shelf - untested - in the property room of a neighboring police jurisdiction.

It is imperative that these protocols be executed in a timely manner in order to stop armed criminals quickly before they have an opportunity to do more harm.

Many police and forensic organizations encounter obstacles when trying to establish policies designed to ensure regional adherence to the six tenets of the IACP Resolution. In most cities, counties and states it just hasn't gotten done.

Pete Gagliardi is the driver behind the Triple Barrel Strategies concept. He is a consultant operating under his name as a sole proprietor. He has over 50 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). Pete spent over half of his career in the field as an experienced “street agent” and field supervisor.

He later was assigned to several key senior executive positions at ATF headquarters in Washington, DC. There he served as the agency’s principal liaison to Congress, the Deputy Assistant Director of Science and Technology, the Deputy Assistant Director of Law Enforcement Programs, and the Chief of Strategic Planning.

In 1999, Pete retired from ATF as the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division. During his tenure in New York, he was responsible for managing all of ATF’s law enforcement and regulatory operations within the New York /New Jersey metropolitan area.

Following his retirement from ATF, Pete went to work for Forensic Technology Inc. the creators of the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS). After 17 years in the ballistics technology arena, Pete separated from the company now known as Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology to pursue consultancy work by creating Triple Barrel Strategies, in May of 2015.

As one of the primary developers of the ATF National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) Program, Pete’s experience with ballistics information-sharing networks spans over 25 years - from “Day One” of the creation of the ATF program in 1993 - to programs established in over 75 countries today.

He has presented his works at conferences and seminars across the United States and internationally in many other countries throughout the world meeting with administrators & legislators; law enforcement officers & forensic experts; and prosecutors & judges to identify and overcome their obstacles and design and institutionalize firearm crime solving solutions based upon proven best practices.

The key to his success is in helping clients strike the proper balance of the cross-jurisdictional teamwork, policy driven tactics and layered and leveraged technologies required to sustain timely and comprehensive crime solving protocols.

Pete shares its experience through writings, speeches, seminars, and strategic planning workshops, based on his book entitled: The 13 Critical Tasks: An Inside-Out Approach to Solving More Gun Crime (3rdEdition) and other relevant publicly available expert resources.

With more than five decades of experience, Pete has developed a keen sense of awareness of the important factors to be considered in the design of effective violence reduction programs that provide substantial and sustainable benefits for the cop on the street – the policymaker – and the public at large. Many of the programs and solutions that Pete was instrumental in developing continue to receive national and international recognition.

He is a Life Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and served for many years on the organization's Firearms Committee.

Pete’s vision of the Triple Barrel concept is to help governments and law enforcers better seek justice for the victims of gun violence, resolution for their loved ones and peace for their neighbors by institutionalizing standards supporting cross-jurisdictional teamwork, policy-driven tactics, and layered and leveraged technologies.