The Jackson Police Department's ceasefire unit is expanding its efforts to remove violent criminals involved in gun crimes off the streets.
Mayor Harvey Johnson and JPD Police Chief Rebecca Coleman announced that an agent from the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms" will now work withJ PD's ceasefire unit after a gun crime occurs.
Additionally, A.T.F.'s "National Integrated Ballistic Information Network Program," known as "NIBIN" will continue to help police solve gun related crimes.
With new technology, the A.T.F special agent will help local police get guns into the "NIBIN" system much quicker.
A.T.F. Special Assistant Agent, Constance Hester says,"say for instance they go to a crime scene and they just get shell casings, that can be put into the system. Now once a gun is confiscated that gun is test fired as well into the system, and at times some of the shell casings, that is your linkage because the casings are already there from the scene and then you have your test fire from the gun you've already confiscated will link those scenes together."
For more than one decade, the City of Jackson police department has worked with A.T.F. and the U.S. Attorney's Office to help solve gun crimes.
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