Tampa PD to Expand Ballistic Analysis

Tampa PD to Expand Ballistic Analysis

In an effort to solve more gun crimes, the Tampa Police Department is expanding its ballistic analysis by collecting all shell casings that officers find.

In an effort to solve more gun crimes, the Tampa Police Department is expanding its ballistic analysis by collecting all shell casings that officers find on duty — even if they don’t appear to be involved in a crime — and gathering DNA and fingerprints from every gun confiscated as evidence.

For example, when officers were called to a scene about “shots fired” in the past, and found no suspects or victims, they often would move along. They might have collected shell casings found in the area, but now they are sure to do so. And then send them to ballistics analysis experts at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Read more at http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/tampa-police-launch-new-practices-to-solve-crimes-involving-guns/2152090.

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