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File #: 21-6529    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Memorandum of Understanding Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 11/16/2021 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 11/30/2021 Final action:
Title: Request for approval of a memorandum of understanding between the Harris County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, concerning the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN).
Attachments: 1. 21-6529 ATF-HCSO NIBIN MOU.pdf
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Department: Sheriff
Department Head/Elected Official: Sheriff Ed Gonzalez

Regular or Supplemental RCA: Regular RCA

Type of Request: Memorandum of Understanding

Project ID (if applicable): N/A
Vendor/Entity Legal Name (if applicable): ATF - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
MWDBE Participation (if applicable): N/A

Request Summary (Agenda Caption):
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Request for approval of a memorandum of understanding between the Harris County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, concerning the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN).
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Background and Discussion:
The ATF NIBIN Program uses an integrated investigative approach that works in concert with other Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies in combating firearms-related violence using ballistic imaging technology to compare images of ballistic evidence obtained from crime scenes and firearms. The mission of the program is to reduce firearms violence through aggressive targeting, investigation, and prosecution of shooters and their sources of crime guns.

Expected Impact:
This MOU establishes and defines a partnership between the parties that will result in an ATF National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) system installation, operation, and administration for the collection, timely analysis, and dissemination of crime gun data to enhance the efforts of law enforcement to integrate resources to reduce firearms violence, identify shooters, and refer them for prosecution.
NIBIN has proven that it enhances the capabilities of the Shot Spotter program.

Alternative Options:
Alternative Options would be for the Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO), Crime Laboratory-Crime Scene Unit (CSU) to continue using NIBIN without a signed MOU in place.

Alignment with Goal(s):
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