Firearms: Security, Training, and Investigation

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Gun safety, firearms training, and the investigation of gun crime is fundamental to the mission of protecting and serving the community and must be factored into each law enforcement agency’s overall policing strategy. This page will serve as a clearinghouse of resources to help guide law enforcement as they tackle issues related to firearms security, training, and the investigation of gun crimes.


MESSAGING RESOURCE

Firearms: Security, Training and Investigations Messaging Sheet 

MODEL POLICIES

Firearms Model Policy  (Updated 2007)                         

OTHER RESOURCES

Crime Gun Information Sharing: The ATF i-Trafficking Project Integration of Firearms Trace/Ballistic Data into Fusion Center Intelligence Sharing (2014)
The IACP, in partnership with DOJ U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) led and an assessment of the Interstate Trafficking Program (iTrafficking), to promote a regional approach to firearms trafficking investigations. By analyzing key fusion centers in the northeast region of the United States (New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland) to analyze crime gun data, the goal of this project was to develop an innovative, multi-state approach to reducing violent crime through shared resources and increased collaboration. The information contained in this report are useful in guiding fusion center personnel, as well as state, local, and tribal law enforcement, in the utility and examination of firearms trace data for intelligence products, criminal investigations and prosecutions.

International Association of Chiefs of Police Position Paper on Firearm Violence (2013)
The IACP has long advocated for the adoption of common sense policies that will assist in reducing gun violence. These proposals were drawn from the association resolutions and policy positions adopted by the IACP membership.

Reducing Gun Violence in Our Communities: A Leadership Guide for Law Enforcement on Effective Strategies and Programs (2011)

This guide provides information about notable programs and policing strategies that can be implemented by law enforcement agencies, regardless of size, in order to enhance the critical and life-saving mission of reducing gun violence. By highlighting innovative approaches developed by law enforcement departments and communities across the country, local leaders are encouraged to expand upon their current efforts in order to create a comprehensive program to enhance community and officer safety.

Taking a Stand: Reducing Gun Violence in Our Communities (2007)

This report focuses on recommendations on three main areas: keeping communities safe by improving public understanding about the risks of gun violence; preventing and solving gun crime by stopping the flow of illegal guns; and keeping police officers safe by improving training and support for officers in handling guns.

Police Officer’s Guide to Recovered Firearms Mobile Application
The IACP, in collaboration with the Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the IACP Firearms Committee, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) developed a mobile application (app) designed to assist law enforcement officers with processing recovered firearms. The app has been downloaded over 25,000 times and features information on firearms safety, firearms marking identification tools, firearms tracing tools, and other valuable information.

RESOLUTIONS

Prohibition of Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) on College and University Campuses (2012)

Support of Law Enforcement Officers to Receive Tactical Firearms Training During the Police Academy (2012)

Support for Firearms Offender Registries (2007)

Security of Firearms (1998)

Opposition to Federal Pre-Emption of Individual States Carrying of Concealed Weapons (CCW) Laws as They Apply to Active, Former, and /or Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Personnel (1996)

Support for Federal Legislation Banning Junk Guns (1996)

LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES

IACP Supports the Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2016, S. 2544

IACP Opposes Federal Pre-Emption of Individual States Carrying of Concealed Weapons Laws (S. 498/H.R. 402)

IACP Supports Bulletproof Vest Program Reauthorization Legislation

Testimony of Chief Yost Zakhary before the Senate Judiciary Hearing on the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program

OTHER INITITIVES

Project Safe Neighborhoods National Training and Technical Assistance
The IACP’s partnership with the Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has a history of success and steady growth. The IACP Project Safe Neighborhoods National Training and Technical Assistance Initiative, with support from DOJ, works to improve law enforcement’s capacity to interdict firearms trafficking and disrupt gang activity. In collaboration with state, local, tribal, and federal partners, the IACP provides training, technical assistance and resources to improve law enforcement’s gun/gang violence reduction and prosecution efforts.

The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence
The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (the Partnership) is an alliance of the nation’s law enforcement leadership organizations concerned about the level of gun violence in the United States. The Partnership works to address the pervasive nature of gun violence and its impact on community and officer safety.