Virginia Attorney General Miyares announces acquistion of ballistics triage tool

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares is espousing the benefits of his office securing new ballistics technology, Ballistics IQ (BIQ), for ten Project Ceasefire and nearby cities.

Ballistics IQ is a ballistics triage tool that can allow law enforcement to quickly establish leads based on cartridge casing identifiers.

Project Ceasefire is an initiative launched by Miyares in October 2022 to improve public safety by prosecuting violent crime, investing in gang prevention, and supporting community policing in high-crime neighborhoods.

“I’m thrilled that we were able to secure funding, reach agreements, purchase and deliver this game-changing technology to ten Virginia cities,” Miyares said. “Ballistics IQ is a proven tool that helps law enforcement get critical information faster, making their jobs easier. We’re hopeful that tools like this will help reduce crime in our communities.”

By deploying the technology immediately following an incident, law enforcement can scan cartridge cases with the portable BIQ scanning device and upload them to the BIQ software, which will determine the casing type and minimum number of shells within minutes.

The software produces a report grouping the casings by number of unique firearms involved and identifies the best cartridge case(s) for entry into the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) – the only interstate automated ballistic imaging network in operation in the nation.

Douglas Clark

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