NABIS Host Prestigious European Firearms Seminar
10th November 2015
NABIS are hosting an important European firearms conference in Birmingham this week on behalf of the European Commission.
The Firearms European Multi-Disciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats (known as EMPACT) has funded the event as part of the delegation agreement that supports the Firearms EMPACT Operational Action Plan. The conference forms part of the Operational Action Plan for 2015.
Delegates from the 28 EU member states are attending the event, as well as representatives from UK police forces, the Home Office, Interpol, Europol, Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the National Crime Agency (NCA).
The one day conference takes place on Wednesday 11 November. The main aim of the event is to present practical examples of the benefit of combining both forensic and criminal intelligence to assist investigators to combat gun crime and firearms trafficking.
Speakers will include Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Richardson from Merseyside Police and Detective Inspector Paul Joyce of West Midlands Police. Also sharing their knowledge is Florent Khies, a ballistic examiner from France and Pete Gagliardi, from the United States, who will talk about a firearms initiative.
Head of Intelligence for NABIS, Ian Head, chairs the European Firearms Experts group (EFE) and will be presenting at the conference along with Martin Parker, who is lead forensic scientist for NABIS. The EU has designated firearms issues as one of its top priorities for the current policy cycle.
Detective Chief Superintendent Jo Chilton, Head of NABIS, said: "We are delighted to welcome colleagues from Europe, the US and the UK to attend this important event. We hope there will be plenty of shared learning and interesting debate throughout the day. It is vital that we all work together to continue to fight gun crime and use the latest technology to assist alongside other law enforcement tactics.
"This event will strengthen the partnership with EU member states to tackle the criminal use of firearms."
The event showcases the UK, US and Europe's approach to ballistic and criminal intelligence and delegates will hear about case studies involving gun crime.
Guests are being welcomed to the event by Deputy Chief Constable Dave Thompson, of West Midlands Police, who is the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) Firearms Threat Lead.
NABIS works with police forces to tackle gun crime and provides intelligence on the firearms threat picture. NABIS forensic experts work at our four hubs in Birmingham, Manchester, London and Scotland.
During their stay in Birmingham the delegates also have the opportunity to visit the state-of-the-art facilities at the local NABIS hub. They can watch various firearms being used at the range and a demonstration of the IBIS system. IBIS is the Integrated Ballistics Identification System which can help track guns used in crime. IBIS is available in all four NABIS hubs, as well as several other countries in Europe.
Delegates will be invited to observe the traditional two minute silence at 11am on Wednesday to mark Armistice Day.
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