In Rochester, N.Y., the News10NBC Team is the go-to source for breaking news, traffic updates, and weather reports. Recently, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has introduced new technology to aid law enforcement in combating violence. This innovative system enables investigators to compare cartridge casings discovered at crime scenes and link them to other gun crimes within minutes.
According to David Phelps, Director of the Monroe Crime Analysis Center, this new software will be highly beneficial to law enforcement agencies in Monroe County and beyond. The advanced technology will allow them to link a single gun to multiple shooting incidents, even if the gun itself is not recovered.
Micheal Curran, Resident Agent in charge at the ATF field office in Rochester, emphasizes the importance of speed when it comes to solving gun crimes. He believes that the rapid turnaround time of this technology can potentially save lives and significantly expedite the investigative process. The partnership between the ATF and local law enforcement agencies in Rochester has been praised as a model for what the agency hopes to achieve across New York State.
Curran reaffirms the ATF’s commitment to using their crime gun intelligence strategy and highlights their successful collaborations in Rochester. He aims to expand this level of partnership and effectiveness to other regions in New York State in order to improve communities’ safety and well-being.