NABIS Attend Interpol Ballistics Event
19th November 2015
NABIS Lead Forensic Scientist Martin Parker took part in an important event this week to share ballistic learning between nations.
The IBIN system - Interpol Ballistics Information Network - is used by several countries across Europe.
Delegates from around the world attended the conference on Wednesday (18 November) , including one from as far afield as Jamaica.
The event took place at the Crime Campus in Gartcosh, Glasgow; where the NABIS Scottish hub is based.
The event was hosted by Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority and chaired by Interpol.
Martin Parker from NABIS said: "We welcomed the chance to attend this meeting of the IBIN user group. It was also an opportunity for our newest NABIS hub to host this important event. Sharing ballistic information between countries is especially important in light of the dreadful incidents in Paris last week."
Chief Superintendent Gerry McLean, of Police Scotland, opened the event and welcomed guests.
The murder weapon from a shooting in one city may ends up in another city, country, or continent. Using IBIN, crucial evidence may no longer remain undiscovered behind an international border.
Ballistics datashared via IBIN has revealed links between gun-related crimes in different countries, providing valuable investigative leads for police:
Interpol have discovered a number of international matches or 'hits':
29 between Portugal and Spain
5 between Sweden and Denmark
1 between Sweden and Norway
1 between UK and The Netherlands