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U.S. Department of Justice: Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative

Deadline: May 7, 2018

The Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration (CGIC) Initiative is administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance in partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). CGIC provides funding to entities that are experiencing precipitous increases in gun crime to implement comprehensive and holistic models to reduce violent crime and the illegal use of firearms within their jurisdictions by enabling them to integrate with their local ATF Crime Gun Intelligence Centers.

CGIC encourages local jurisdictions to work with their ATF partners to utilize intelligence, technology, and community engagement to swiftly identify firearms used unlawfully and their sources, and effectively prosecute perpetrators engaged in violent crime.

CGIC is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Suite of programs, which is focused on reducing violent crime. Accordingly, it will coordinate proactively with the PSN team in the respective district of the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) to enhance collaboration and strengthen the commitment to reducing violent crime. Applicants must demonstrate this coordination with their USAO district PSN team in their submission.

Applicants must clearly identify how the applied-for funding will directly address a precipitous or extraordinary increase in violent firearms related crimes in the applicant’s jurisdiction. Applicants must identify types of firearms related crime that have precipitously increased within the jurisdiction, identify the period of time during which the relevant category of crime increased, and provide evidence substantiating the claimed increase. Examples of such evidence include statistics, research findings, or other objective evidence as appropriate.

Successful applicants will need to work with their respective ATF field divisions to determine whether there is an existing ATF CGIC or if an ATF CGIC is in development. The awardee will be required to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ATF outlining the expansion of the work. The ATF Field Divisions listing can be found at https://www.atf.gov/contact/atf-field-divisions.

Awardees will work with ATF to implement CGIC business practices that include interagency collaboration focused on the immediate collection, management, and analysis of crime gun evidence such as shell casings and test fires of unlawfully used firearms recovered in real time to identify criminal shooters, disrupt criminal activity, and prevent future violence. These business practices include the use of both ATF eTrace, run by the National Tracing Center, and the ATF National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN), and, if available, the National NIBIN Correlation Center (NNCTC).

Program essential elements include:

  • Commitment from the Chief and Command Staff. CGICs are only functional if patrols and officers called to the scene are able and encouraged to get to that scene in a timely manner to collect shell casings and unlawfully used firearms left at the scene. Policies and procedures must be developed and implemented by the department’s leadership and communicated to the responding officers.
  • Comprehensive Firearm-related Crime and Forensics Tracing. The awardee’s area of jurisdiction must respond to all crimes involving a firearm within the proposed CGIC-specific area. The police department recovers any ballistics evidence, which is entered into NIBIN within 1 business day of collection. All crime gun recoveries are documented and trace requests are submitted through eTrace to the ATF National Tracing Center within 1 business day of recovery.
  • Crime Gun Intelligence Analysis. The CGIC will conduct a comprehensive analysis of all crime gun data collected from eTrace and NIBIN, or other forensic analysis, and ensure they are rapidly disseminated to investigators to ensure appropriate linkage of crimes, unlawfully used firearms and suspects. Examples of such dissemination include Crime Gun Intelligence Center Bulletins that provide valuable information to law enforcement officers.
    CGIC Investigations. All crime gun data generated by NIBIN and eTrace are uniformly collected, examined, and investigated by CGIC partners to ensure that all information is shared with all CGIC stakeholders. In addition to ATF, local law enforcement, the local lab, and prosecutors, the office of parole and probation should be included as a CGIC partner to leverage its investigative capabilities, including reviewing GPS monitoring data in the proximity of firearm related crimes, and utilizing parole and probation as a mechanism for identifying violent offenders, and the unlawfully used firearms in these crimes.
  • Law Enforcement and Prosecution Collaboration and Offender Arrest. All actionable crime gun intelligence generated by the CGIC is rapidly disseminated to all partners and pursued using all available resources in conjunction with state and federal prosecutors.
  • State and Federal Prosecution. There must be strong collaboration with both the local prosecuting attorney and the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) in the creation and management of the CGIC. A portion of grant funding should be allocated to support the work of the local prosecutors, and ensure they are able to track and prioritize CGIC cases. It is also recommended that the USAO dedicate one prosecutor to work exclusively with the CGIC and his or her local counterpart. Lastly, it is recommended that the CGIC facilitate the meeting of the US Attorney and local prosecutors to develop protocols for review of cases and determination of which office will prosecute which cases.
  • Local CGIC Feedback. All CGIC-related leads and hits should be tracked to manage outcomes and provide feedback to all the partners, including the responding officers who initially collected the bullets.

Amount: A total of $4,000,000 is available to make up to five awards of up to $800,000 each.

Eligibility: State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, as well as governmental non-law enforcement agencies, federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform prosecution functions, or tribal consortia consisting of two or more federally recognized Indian tribes (including tribal consortia operated as nonprofit organizations) acting as a fiscal agent for one or more prosecuting offices.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=302061

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