March 06, 2009 02:40 ET
LYON, FRANCE--(Marketwire - March 6, 2009) - INTERPOL and Forensic Technology of Montreal, Canada, have signed an agreement that allows INTERPOL to facilitate the exchange of ballistics evidence across international borders for its member organizations. Investigators will no longer need to wait months or go through diplomatic channels to learn if a seized firearm has been used to commit a crime outside their borders. Using the Interpol Ballistic Information Network (IBIN), they can have results in a matter of hours.
"As a global police organization, INTERPOL has a responsibility to forge partnerships across all sectors to help its member countries access those necessary tools and resources that will help the work of investigators to prevent and solve crimes," explains INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble. "The use of this technology will greatly benefit international law enforcement in helping to support and develop investigative leads at the national and international level," he concluded.
Under the agreement, Forensic Technology will give INTERPOL a state-of-art IBIS® Correlation Server to facilitate the electronic exchange and comparison of ballistics evidence between various INTERPOL member organizations that use or are considering the use of IBIS automated ballistics analysis technology.
"Our business has led us to cities around the world where we have seen the tragic personal and economic suffering resulting from gun-related violence." said Robert A. Walsh, President of Forensic Technology. "This agreement will help give countries the data they need to stop armed criminals and reduce urban gun violence", he added.
A growing problem for police around the world is the mobility of today's criminal gangs. As their traffic increases, evidence of their gun-related crimes often spreads across international borders. To help manage ballistics evidence across multiple jurisdictions, police in over 45 countries rely upon the networking of technology known as IBIS - the Integrated Ballistics Identification System.
With this agreement, INTERPOL member organizations will be able to access the IBIS Correlation Server to exchange and cross-check ballistic images of evidence and test fires from suspected crime guns through IBIN - without exchanging personal or private data. IBIN will save police time and overcome many of the political and logistical obstacles that make the transmittal of evidence across borders a near impossible task today.
How IBIS Technology Works
IBIS captures digital images of the unique microscopic markings found on fired bullets and cartridge cases. An electronic signature is extracted from each image and compared against the database of previously entered images. In a matter of minutes, the IBIS Correlation Server links at least two crimes together or a suspect's gun to prior crime(s).
About Forensic Technology
Forensic Technology pioneered automated ballistics identification more than fifteen years ago and continues to be a leader in ballistics and firearms identification technologies that promote a safer society. We partner with hundreds of public safety agencies in over 45 countries, providing cost-effective and sustainable solutions.
Forensic Technology Inc.Andre Demers514-485-5610Mobile: 514-777-8616514-485-9336 (FAX)email@example.com
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