The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is introducing new technology to aid law enforcement agencies in combatting violence. The software, which was developed in partnership with local law enforcement agencies in Rochester, has the capability to compare cartridge casings discovered by investigators and connect them to other gun crimes within minutes.
According to Monroe Crime Analysis Center Director David Phelps, the new system will provide valuable assistance to law enforcement agencies in Monroe County and beyond. By linking a single gun to multiple shooting incidents, even in cases where the gun itself is not recovered, this advanced technology can help solve gun crimes more quickly and effectively.
Micheal Curran, the resident agent in charge at the ATF field office in Rochester, emphasized the importance of the speed of the new equipment in solving gun crimes. He believes that the swift turnaround time of this technology can potentially save lives and significantly expedite the investigative process. The partnership between the ATF and local law enforcement agencies in Rochester has been described as a model for what the agency hopes to achieve in every community across the state of New York.
Curran expressed the ATF’s commitment to using their crime gun intelligence strategy and highlighted the success of their collaborations in Rochester. He aims to extend this level of partnership and effectiveness to other regions in the state, in order to benefit communities and enhance public safety.