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RMPD houses IBIS technology

RMPD houses IBIS technology
Posted on 10/21/2019

The Rocky Mount Police Department has taken the lead on a new initiative to address gun violence with its ballistic identification technology.

The department is now home to IBIS (Integrated Ballistic Identification System).

Neighboring agencies who shared in the cost of the system include Wilson Police Department, Greenville Police Department, Nash County Sheriff’s Office, the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and ATF (Alcohol Tobacco and Firearm).

IBIS is a database expected to help the Rocky Mount Police Department and surrounding agencies to link crime quicker, including those who might not have been previously connected. This evidence, which can be expressed in simple terms as a “DNA for shell casings,” will also help the prosecution of crimes when cases go to trial.

Previously, the Rocky Mount Police Department utilized an IBIS system in Fayetteville. Now, the turnaround time is expected to be advantageous for the department and its partners as they work to keep the city and surrounding regions safer.

“We are committed to working with all local law enforcement agencies in this region to nourish a safer community and reduce violent crime,” Rocky Mount Police Chief George Robinson said. “This technology will generate real time leads to gun crimes and strengthen prosecution of firearm offenders in this community.”