International Review of Law, Computers & Technology - Vol. 26, No. 1, March 2012, 83–95
Transnational organized crime and gun violence. A case for firearm forensic intelligence sharing - Pete Gagliardi
A threat to the safety of citizens in any country, the criminal misuse of firearms presents a wider danger to a nation’s security, peace, stability and development. Firearms and their related evidence know no borders. It is not uncommon to find the murder weapon from a shooting in one city ending up in another city, country, or continent. No country remains unaffected by firearm violence. This paper describes how transnational organized crime and gun violence are interrelated, and makes the case for the international sharing of firearm forensic intelligence through Interpol’s IBIN Program as an integral component of an intelligence-led policing strategy to combat cross-border gun related crime. With such a strategy in place, internationally mobile criminals who use firearms to further their illicit activities can no longer escape detection.
Forensic Science Policy and Management, 1: 43–48, 2009 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Helping Police Link More Crimes, Guns, and Suspects Using Regional Processing Protocols - Pete Gagliardi
Abstract: Today, criminals are more mobile, and police must rely upon the actions of police in other jurisdictions to solve cases. A gun seized by police in one city may well be the missing piece of evidence in a murder case being investigated by police in a neighboring city. There are common sense steps that can now be taken to stop armed criminals. They involve the creation of consistently applied protocols for the processing of firearm-related evidence adhered to by police and forensic agencies operating within a given region that are designed to provide investigators with more crime-solving leads in a timely manner. Regional crime gun processing protocols provide an effective and sustainable solution to ensure that all of the valuable information from inside and outside of a crime gun is exploited and shared among police agencies. This paper discusses the thirteen critical tasks that must be addressed in establishing sustainable protocols and ways in which to balance the people, processes, and technology needed to collect and analyze all of the available data that can be obtained from crime guns and related evidence.