NABIS Get Ready For The Emergency Services Show

13th September 2016

NABIS - the National Ballistics Intelligence Service - is taking part in the prestigious Emergency Services Show for the third time.

The important organisation, which works with police forces around the UK, is attending the Birmingham NEC event next week (21 and 22 September) to reach an even wider audience.

Staff from the NABIS team will be on hand in hall 5 to answer questions and explain more about the work they do to tackle firearms offences.

NABIS was formed in 2008 following a rise in levels of gun crime nationally.

The team, headed by Detective Chief Superintendent Jo Chilton, is split into three main priorities - Forensic Services, Knowledge and Communications and the Intelligence Cell.

The Forensic Services team analyse ballistic material submitted by police forces across the UK and utilise cutting edge technology to connect incidents nationwide.

NABIS experts are located at hubs in Birmingham, Glasgow, London and Manchester and provide detailed reports to police officers to help them crack cases and build up a national picture of the criminal use of firearms.

The Intelligence Cell compiles information about people, objects, locations and events associated with gun crime in the UK. This information takes the form of intelligence packages which are available to police forces and provide a detailed account of the current picture of firearms offences.

Members of the Knowledge and Communications team manage the NABIS database and carry out training for police officers and police staff. They also work with forces and other partner agencies to spread the word about NABIS and tackling gun crime.

The team also work closely with Chief Constable Dave Thompson, NPCC national policing lead for the Criminal Use of Firearms portfolio.

Detective Chief Superintendent Jo Chilton, Head of NABIS, said: "We are looking forward to taking part in the prestigious show at the NEC for the third time. It is useful for NABIS to be part of such a large event with colleagues from around the blue light services and other important areas of business.

"We hope lots of visitors will come and meet some of the team on 21 and 22 September and find out much more about the work of NABIS."

To apply for free tickets to the show please visit

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