9th July 2014

Officers from US Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE), part of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), visited the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) this week (9 July).

The guests found out more about the work which NABIS experts carry out at the Birmingham hub and watched a test fire of a weapon.

The US officers were joined by colleagues from the National Crime Agency based in London.

The visitors also learned more about and discussed the issue of weapons from the US being trafficked to the UK.

Head of NABIS, Detective Chief Superintendent Iain O'Brien, said: "We welcome colleagues from overseas on a regular basis to come and see the specialist work we do at NABIS. We are pleased that officers from HSI and the NCA have decided to visit our Birmingham hub to enhance knowledge sharing".

The US officers also met with West Midlands Police's Deputy Chief Constable Dave Thompson during their time in Birmingham. DCC Thompson is ACPO lead for the Criminal Use of Firearms and works at a national level to tackle issues such as converted weapons which arrive in the UK from abroad.

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