The National Crime Gun Intelligence Center Initiative

A project of the National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations (NRTAC)

The National Crime Gun Intelligence Center Initiative supports local multidisciplinary teams in their efforts to prevent violent crime by identifying perpetrators, linking criminal activities, and identifying sources of crime guns for immediate disruption, investigation, and prosecution.

These efforts and others are all components of Crime Gun Intelligence Centers (CGICs), an innovative and collaborative concept developed by the Denver Police Department and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).


What is a Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC)?


Crime Gun Intelligence Centers or CGICs are an interagency collaboration focused on the immediate collection, management, and analysis of crime gun evidence, such as shell casings, in real time, in an effort to identify shooters, disrupt criminal activity, and to prevent future violence. CGICs rely on an ongoing collaboration between the ATF, local police department, the local crime laboratory, probation and parole, local police gang units, prosecuting attorneys, U.S. Attorney’s Office, crime analysts, community groups, and academic organizations.

The primary outcome of a CGIC is the identification of armed violent offenders for investigation and prosecution. Other outcomes include the identification of crime gun sources, efficient resource allocation, providing decision makers with the most accurate crime data available, and increasing case closure rates, public safety, and the prevention of violent crime committed with firearms.

This program is based on the Denver, Colorado CGIC model, coupled with proactive law enforcement practices that provide timely ballistics and other relevant real-time investigative leads in an effort to identify shooters, particularly those worthy of state and/or federal prosecution. Coupled with effective evidenced-based interventions such as Focused Deterrence and Hotspot Policing, these initiatives aim to decrease the incidences of gun crime; improve gun crime investigation, clearance rates, and prosecutorial outcomes; and increase public trust and confidence in law enforcement through effective community engagement.

To view a one-pager on the CGIC concept, click here.

For more information, go to the CGIC Concept page.


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Participating Cities


To launch this initiative, BJA has awarded grant funding to five cities that proposed to replicate the Denver CGIC model in their jurisdictions. The cities, selected with input and coordination from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), are:



CGIC Successes


“Within about 48 hours of arresting Cleophus Cooksey, Jr. for a double murder on December 17, Phoenix police used ballistic evidence to tie the 35-year-old man to seven additional killings.

The technology that police used to make the connections — a national database of ballistic images that matches guns and shell casings recovered by police — is not new.

‘What once took weeks can now take place in only a matter of hours,’ said Mayor Greg Stanton when announcing that Cooksey was being charged with nine killings, all late last year.”

The Trace | Click here to view full story

Training & Technical Assistance


In collaboration with BJA, the Police Foundation and its partners will provide the replication sites and other selected agencies with proactive and on-demand training and technical assistance, including practical guides and checklists, technical briefings and training, and quick reaction assessments as warranted. This assistance is available from law enforcement, investigative and prosecution experts, forensics experts, technologists and academic experts who can share unique insights into effective and efficient processes and approaches to prevent and reduce violent crime committed with firearms.

To request technical assistance, training, or other resources through this initiative, agency POCs should send an email to or call the Police Foundation at 202-833-1460.

For more information, go to our Training & Technical Assistance page.

Our Partners


The Police Foundation is collaborating with a wide variety of Partners and subject matter experts to support the participating cities. Our partners include: