Forensic Technology Inc.

Forensic Technology Inc.

April 24, 2009 08:00 ET

Forensic Technology: US and Mexico to Share Ballistics Database

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 24, 2009) - Forensic Technology would like to congratulate the governments of Mexico and the United States on the announced sharing of their ballistics databases. The decisive leadership displayed by both Governments in taking these actions ensures that police on both sides of the border have the tools they need to combat the escalating gun violence.

The situation along the Southwest Border was a significant topic during the April 16th meeting between Mexican President Felipe Calderon and U.S. President Barack Obama. "Obviously the Mexican people, particularly along the borders, have suffered great hardship. And as a consequence, if we partner effectively, I'm confident that we're going to make progress" stated President Obama.

Earlier that day, the White House announced the following with regard to its new approach on a bilateral relationship, specifically arms trafficking:

"The United States and Mexico each have Integrated Ballistic Identification Systems (IBIS) that store digital photos and arms-related information related to criminal investigations. The United States and Mexico will bridge their IBIS systems in order to share digital images, ballistic markings, other arms-related information to help identify leads in violent crimes both in Mexico and in the United States."

As the creators of IBIS, Forensic Technology is extremely proud to witness IBIS playing a pivotal law enforcement role in Mexico and the United States. Indeed, IBIS has already provided both U.S. and Mexican investigators with timely information about crimes, guns, and suspects by suggesting possible matches between pairs of spent bullets and cartridge cases at speeds well beyond human capacity.

President Calderon expressed his desire to modernize his country's police force, "...we would like a renewal of our police forces in Mexico... at the same time, technologically, they will be top-notch, as the rest of the world, in investigation, in databases. We want a scientific police, one that is very well-trained in technology, and U.S. help will be very welcome and it will be essential."

When networked, the power of IBIS is clearly evident. A country with a broad distribution of IBIS systems will efficiently create a nation-wide database of crime exhibits. This database will - over time - amass a formidable inventory of evidence that is a valuable tool in solving crimes, identifying patterns, and recognizing trends. Whether the trends relate to the types of firearms that are being used, or the types of crimes they are used for, an IBIS network becomes a national intelligence resource on crime guns and gun crimes. At the outset of building such a network, governments can use this database for real-time crime solving. As historical data is collected over time, governments gain the ability to use the data to predict and prepare for what may lay ahead.

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 and territories, providing cost-effective and sustainable solutions. With vast experience in scalable-networked solutions, we employ a dedicated team of engineering, forensic, and law enforcement professionals around the world.

Our IBIS technology can find the "needle in the haystack", suggesting possible matches between pairs of spent bullets and cartridge cases at speeds well beyond human capacity in order to help forensic experts give detectives more timely information about crimes, guns, and suspects.

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