Key Takeaways

Appropriate investigative follow up on CGI leads.

Coordinated prosecution.

Crime gun intelligence links shootings and ties crime guns to shooting events and trafficking or firearms thefts to shooting events. A single homicide case is often expanded through CGI to include additional violent crimes, additional offenders, and multiple jurisdictions. Prosecution of violent gun crime and firearms offenses no longer occurs in a vacuum.

Investigation and Court

Operational Application of Crime Gun Intelligence

Crime gun intelligence is only informational until it is acted upon through investigative follow up and prosecution. Unfortunately, misunderstandings surround this last phase of the process. It is often assumed that a casing or recovered firearm sent through the CGI process directly results in a relevant investigative lead or arrest. This, however, is not true. As with any piece of information, CGI is relevant or useful only in context and only if acted upon.

Successful crime gun intelligence programs must have coordination with state and federal prosecutor’s offices. Crime gun intelligence changes the face of violent gun crime prosecutions from a single violent gun crime investigation to a series of linked shootings involving illegal firearms transfers or trafficking. This has increased the need for cooperative effort between law enforcement and prosecutors. Any agency implementing a new crime gun intelligence program must provide training and updates to their prosecutors’ offices in the earliest phases of implementation.