ASCLD Train the Director – NIBIN Challenges and Opportunities

ASCLD Train the Director – NIBIN Challenges and Opportunities

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This webinar originally occurred on January 24, 2019
Duration: 1 hour


This is the first webinar in the ASCLD Train the Director Webinar Series.

Crime Gun Intelligence utilizes evidence-based technology to provide law enforcement a unique tool to develop information on crime guns and shootings to identify and disrupt the shooting cycle. The program has the potential to quickly find links between shooting cases, links across jurisdictional boundaries, and for increased communication and problem solving between agencies.

One of the foundations of this intelligence is the use of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ (ATF) National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN). In 2018, the National Crime Gun Intelligence Governing Board established Minimum Required Operating Standards (MROS) for NIBIN.

The webinar will include a brief discussion on NIBIN and the new standards, presentations from a state laboratory (Utah Bureau of Forensic Science) and local laboratory (Phoenix Police Laboratory Services Bureau) on some of the challenges of implementation as well as how they are working to meet the new standards, and time for questions.

Detailed Learning Objectives

  1. Understanding what NIBIN is and its minimum operating standards.
  2. The processing of firearms evidence from collection to NIBIN entry at the Utah State Laboratory and Phoenix Police Laboratory.
  3. Lessons learned from implementing the NIBIN program from the ground up including communication and increased case load.


  • Jennifer Gelston | Senior Forensic Scientist and the NIBIN Program Administrator for the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services
  • Justin Bechaver | Forensic Scientist Manager and Technical Leader of the Firearm and Tool Marks section of the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services
  • Jessica Ellefritz | Criminal Intelligence Analyst with Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau
  • Benjamin Swanholm | Assistant Crime Lab Administrator for the Phoenix Police Department Laboratory Services Bureau

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence webinar has been provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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