27 Jul

A European Networked Firearms Intelligence Database

Forensic Pathways was Commissioned by the Homicide Working Group at EUROPOL to assess the feasibility of developing a Pan European approach to the management and use of forensic ballistic evidence and intelligence across the European Union (hereafter EU).

The purpose of the study was to assess the potential impact of the management of ballistics evidence and intelligence on controlling and reducing organised crime across the EU in accordance with the EUROPOL Convention. The Convention states:

“To improve police cooperation between Member States to combat terrorism, illicit traffic in drugs and other serious forms of international crime.”

In undertaking this research and writing this Report attention has been paid to the Conventions Principle Tasks for EUROPOL namely:

  • The exchange of information between Member States
  • Obtaining, collating and analysing information and intelligence
  • Notifying Member States without delay of information concerning them and of any connections identified between criminal offences
  • Aiding investigations in Member States
  • Maintenance and use of computerised systems to collect information

This Report focuses on two specific areas of work by EUROPOL; Firstly, the EUROPOL Homicide Working Group in focussing on the prevention of organised crime, including homicide and especially in relation to people from vulnerable groups where firearms are involved; Secondly, the work of EUROPOL in focussing on better ways to manage and use ballistics evidence and intelligence across the EU in support of its Principal Tasks.

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