The sharing of ballistics data across Europe and neighbouring territories

F. Jeane Gerard, Rebecca L Crookes, Susan Elliott, Michael Hellenbach, Athanasios Stamos, Helen Poole, Erica Bowen

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Abstract

The current study explored the use of ballistic examinations and cross-border information sharing across 14 European countries. The presented data were collected using a mixed methods technique consisting of semi-structured interviews and questionnaires that were completed by participants. The results painted a very heterogeneous picture of the use of automated ballistic systems across these countries, as well as how ballistic analyses are integrated in the fight against gun-enabled crime. Three super-ordinates themes emerged from the thematic analysis: use of automated ballistic systems; ballistic evidence recovery and analysis; knowledge exchange and best practices. The ability to draw firm conclusions regarding the value of ballistics comparison systems, either on a national or cross-border basis, is hampered by inconsistencies regarding data recording practices and definitions. Therefore, key recommendations are suggested to establish better cross border cooperation between member states and develop a better understanding of data sharing procedures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScience & Justice
Volume57
Issue number5
Early online date2 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 May 2017

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Keywords

  • Firearm
  • ballistic evidence sharing
  • European ballistic database
  • open case file
  • cross-border comparison

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Gerard, F. J., Crookes, R. L., Elliott, S., Hellenbach, M., Stamos, A., Poole, H., & Bowen, E. (2017). The sharing of ballistics data across Europe and neighbouring territories. Science & Justice, 57(5). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2017.04.010
Gerard, F. Jeane ; Crookes, Rebecca L ; Elliott, Susan ; Hellenbach, Michael ; Stamos, Athanasios ; Poole, Helen ; Bowen, Erica. / The sharing of ballistics data across Europe and neighbouring territories. In: Science & Justice. 2017 ; Vol. 57, No. 5.
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Gerard, FJ, Crookes, RL, Elliott, S, Hellenbach, M, Stamos, A, Poole, H & Bowen, E 2017, 'The sharing of ballistics data across Europe and neighbouring territories', Science & Justice, vol. 57, no. 5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2017.04.010

The sharing of ballistics data across Europe and neighbouring territories. / Gerard, F. Jeane; Crookes, Rebecca L; Elliott, Susan; Hellenbach, Michael; Stamos, Athanasios; Poole, Helen; Bowen, Erica.

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Gerard FJ, Crookes RL, Elliott S, Hellenbach M, Stamos A, Poole H et al. The sharing of ballistics data across Europe and neighbouring territories. Science & Justice. 2017 May 2;57(5). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2017.04.010