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Cedar Rapids police announce new method of fighting gun violence

Published: Jul. 8, 2021 at 1:13 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Just hours after Cedar Rapids police investigated two different shootings, they announced a new way they’re fighting gun violence.

It’s called the “National Integrated Ballistic Information Network,” or NIBIN for short.

Police can take shell casings from a crime scene and enter them into the NIBIN database which connects bullets and guns to crimes and criminals.

This is helping the Cedar Rapids Police Department develop leads with the hope they can take more shooters off the streets.

The city is coming off a year with record high numbers in terms of shots fired. For instance, 2020 had nearly 60% more shootings than the city’s four-year average. Those shootings injured 40 people and killed 10.

Police Chief Wayne Jerman said he hopes the NIBIN system will help lessen the amount of shootings in the city moving forward.

“That’s our hope, you know one shooting, one death is one too many,” Jerman explained.

Because the system is a nationwide system, it will help law enforcement agencies work together to track down shooters who cross state lines and commit crimes along the way.

“You see it everyday you know where a shooter does something here and they get picked up elsewhere creating another violent crime,” Frank Kelsey said, Assistant Special Agent in Charge at The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Cedar Rapids Police first got access to the NIBIN system in September and have already used it in 20 shots fired cases this year, that’s in just six months.

Leads from the NIBIN system have lead to several arrests. This includes an Attempted Murder arrest stemming from a shooting on Blairs Ferry Road NE that injured a man in May.

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