NABIS Share Expert Knowledge With Turkish Police
13th May 2015
NABIS manager Clive Robinson swapped the streets of Birmingham for Turkey recently when he attended a conference to share expert firearms knowledge.
The event in Ankara was held at TADOC - the Turkish international Academy against Drugs & Organised Crime.
The UK Ambassador to Turkey, Richard Moore, was guest of honour at the conference, which was also attended by 21 Turkish provincial police commanders, as well as representatives from the UK National Crime Agency.
Clive Robinson said: "NABIS was invited to take part in the conference to give expert knowledge about firearms and to discuss the emerging issue of Turkish manufactured guns appearing in the UK.
"The Turkish authorities already have a programme in place to engage with manufacturers and encourage legislation to support EU concerns."
The trip was funded by the Home Office and Strategic Criminal Justice Solutions; a not for profit organisation.
A return visit by Turkish police to NABIS is due to take place in September this year.
NABIS is often asked to share specialist knowledge with international partners.
Mr Ian Head, NABIS' Head of Intelligence, is the current chair of the EFE - the European Firearms Experts group.
Head of NABIS, Detective Chief Superintendent Jo Chilton, added: "We were pleased to be invited to take part in this event and add our knowledge to the important debates being had in Turkey and beyond. NABIS will do what it can to enhance tactics in other countries to help them tackle gun crime and bring offenders to justice. This approach is one of the ways that NABIS can help to reduce the threat from firearms in the UK."
The UK has low levels of gun crime compared to some other countries in Europe and this is partly down to the stricter legislation, as well as border controls.
NABIS, the National Ballistics Intelligence Service, work with police forces across the UK to analyse ballistic material and build up a picture of the threat of gun crime. NABIS can offer fast time intelligence to police and other crime agencies following a firearms incident.
Annual crime statistics issued in February this year by the Office for National Statistics show a five per cent drop in recorded gun crime last year.
In 2013/14, there were 7,714 offences in which firearms were involved, a five per cent decrease compared with 2012/13. The figures relate to England and Wales.