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10/27/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/27/2021 11:14

Bibb County to Receive Ballistics Tank to Test Fire Guns Recovered from Crime Scenes

MACON, Ga. - The Bibb County Sheriff's Office has been approved to purchase a ballistics tank using money from a Department of Justice Project Safe Neighborhood's (PSN) grant.

Ballistics tanks are specially designed tanks into which law enforcement can test fire guns recovered from crime scenes. The Bibb County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) will use a $84,640 Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) grant to purchase a ballistics tank, provide training, purchase supplies and other related needs. Currently, investigators send evidence to an off-site and remote location to test weapons. The addition of the ballistics tank will allow investigators to fire high powered rifle rounds at a secure local police facility. The ballistics tank will also integrate into local law enforcement's usage of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN).

"Having strong evidence is critical to ensuring that justice is served fairly and effectively. I am confident that adding the ballistics tank will help investigators and prosecutors as they work to solve some of the most violent gun crimes in our region," said Acting U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary. "Enhancing the tools and technology used to combat violent crime is a critical component of the Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods program."

"This ballistics tank will be a significant addition to our evidence gathering abilities. It will be an essential tool to our NIBIN investigators in gathering ballistic evidence to link firearms to violent incidents in our area. We are very grateful to the Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods program for providing funding for this important evidence gathering tool," said Bibb County Sheriff David Davis.

BCSO is part of the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN). The ballistics technology necessary for BCSO to join NIBIN was funded with a $200,000 PSN grant in 2017. NIBIN, run by the ATF, is the only interstate automated ballistic imaging network in the United States, making it possible for local law enforcement to search against evidence from across the country, improving the outcomes of criminal investigations. The NIBIN technology is considered a valuable tool by law enforcement in the effort to reduce gun crimes across the Middle District.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice's violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.