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Melanie Crabill
Director of Media Relations
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Kevin Kilbane
Director of Communications
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Media Advisory
News Date: July 08, 2021

City of Columbus Launches New Interagency Partnership to Prevent, Reduce Gun Violence

The City of Columbus today announced a new partnership between the Columbus Division of Police, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to collect, analyze and distribute information regarding gun-related crimes in a more coordinated and timely fashion.

Participating agencies will pool resources and expertise to establish a Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC). This collaborative, interagency unit will use technology, such as the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system, and evidence recovered from crime scenes to better identify, apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators of gun violence – as well as those who sell or supply the firearms used to commit crimes and acts of violence. The GCIC will feature a dedicated task force consisting of Columbus Police officers who have been deputized by ATF. Additionally, ATF will provide training, equipment and workspace to aid the task force and special agents in their work.

The city will also coordinate with ATF and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to prosecute applicable cases at the federal level, possibly resulting in harsher sentences and penalties for those who use firearms to harm others and/or commit crimes.