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A Brief 30-Year History of IBIS
A Brief 30-Year History of IBIS

Over the last 30 years, we have championed innovative technology and invested in research and development that furthers the creation, enhancement, and discovery of new crime-fighting solutions.

The Primer: Episode 3
The Primer: Episode 3

"The Primer" are short 'how-to' videos that will tackle specific topics related to firearm forensics in each episode. Episode 3 is ready!

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The Primer: Episode 2
The Primer: Episode 2

"The Primer" are short 'how-to' videos that will, in each episode, tackle specific topics related to firearm forensics in each episode. Episode 2 is ready!

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The Primer: Episode 1
The Primer: Episode 1

The Primer is short 'how-to' videos that will tackle specific topics related to firearm forensics in each episode. Episode 1 is ready!

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File Management and Data Sharing
File Management and Data Sharing

With the various technology options available for forensic science laboratories today, it is essential that the technology can be leveraged in as many ways as possible.

Standardized Training and Testing
Standardized Training and Testing

An ongoing concern of forensic science laboratories is the availability of training options for new firearm and toolmark examiners.

A Defendable Error Rate Has Arrived!
A Defendable Error Rate Has Arrived!

Firearm examiners have done their best to provide the courts with an answer to this question with varying levels of success.

Reinforcing Individuality
Reinforcing Individuality

With respect to striations observed on bullets, Calvin Goddard wrote, “They [striations] exist by reason of the fact that no two material objects either of God’s or Man’s fabrication are identically the same.”

More Efficient Processing: Reducing Backlog and Achieving Greater Objectivity
More Efficient Processing: Reducing Backlog and Achieving Greater Objectivity

I remember working for a city-based forensic science laboratory as a firearm and toolmark examiner and having evidence submissions that would include not one, not two, not three, but upwards of 10 to 15 bullets and bullet fragments from a shooting scene.

Moving Toward Greater Objectivity
Moving Toward Greater Objectivity

The year 2020 has been a difficult one in many ways throughout the world. It is also a year in which there have been several published court decisions expressing concern with respect to the lack of objectivity in firearm and toolmark identification.

Making NIBIN an organizational lifestyle
Making NIBIN an organizational lifestyle

They say that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. Whether it’s exercising more, or better time management, or saving money, or losing weight, there’s something that causes things to derail. Get sick for two weeks and all the momentum for the gym fizzles out.

4 Essential features of the modern comparison microscope
4 Essential features of the modern comparison microscope

Since the late 1920s the comparison microscope has allowed examiners to thoroughly analyze forensic specimens side-by-side. The growth in gun-related crime in the US increased the demand for comparison microscopes in forensic labs and has been the catalyst for continued development of the technology. Needless to say, the technology and the instruments have come a long way since the 1920s.

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