Reducing Violent Crime Through Gun Trace Data


ATF Special Agent and IACP Fellow Ross Arends discusses the benefits of using gun trace data in violent crime investigations during the National Fusion Center Association Annual Training Event, held in Arlington, Virginia in November, 2013.

In 2010, the IACP launched a program, sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), to evaluate the benefits of infusing gun trace data into Fusion Center analytical products as a means to improve investigations, identify trends, and assist in developing strategies to reduce violent crime. The IACP evaluation, conducted in part by SA Arends, determined that the use of data derived from E-trace, NBIN, and other ATF  databases, greatly enhanced investigative operations by Fusion Center personnel and fostered the development of new partnerships and collaborative efforts. The IACP’s final report of this project is expected to be released in 2014. For more information about this project please contact SA Ross Arends at or the project manager, Richard Lisko, at

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