Jamaica introduces ‘Bullettrax’

March 21, 2017 OPINION/NEWS

Alexander Richter

 

By

Ricardo Swire

More than 70% of Jamaica’s murders involve either illegally imported guns or ammunition. Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security recently introduced BULLETTRAX to improve forensic ballistic technology used by local security agencies, especially the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Patent holders Forensic Technology WAI Inc. trademarked BULLETTRAX in Montreal Canada and registered it #3742525 as automated electronic hardware and software, designed for imaging and analysis of bullet evidence.

As part of a two-year Technical Assistance Package, facilitated by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace Disarmament & Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, Jamaica’s government office situated at 2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5 has used BULLETTRAX to support JCF’s “Get the Guns” campaign. In 2015 ‘Get the Guns’ was launched to target and intercept illegal firearms smuggled to the island. Residents offered financial rewards for information as to the whereabouts of unauthorized firearms.

One ‘Get the Guns’ tactic specifically pursued illegal firearms in criminal hands. On July 11, 2016 the JCF Communication’s Officer credited the Force with successful removal of 336 illegal instruments of death and danger from across the island. Stationed at the Police Commissioner’s Office the Superintendent informed that 69 illegal guns and 584 multi-caliber bullets were discovered in the parish of St James.

Calculating from inception ‘Get the Guns’ was instrumental in seizures of more than one thousand illegal firearms and thirteen thousand rounds of ammunition. Between January 1st and March 11th 2017 JCF officers confiscated 161 illegal guns and 1,684 assorted caliber cartridges, 43 more than 2016’s 118, 1,592 mixed caliber bullets seized during the same period.

Added to the Ministry of National Security’s Institute of Forensic Science’s 2016 Integrated Ballistic Identification System (IBIS) introduction, the BULLETTRAX adaptation allows JCF detectives to digitally record pictures of suspicious cartridges and compare peculiarities against images in America’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm & Explosives (ATF) or the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) databases.

Since 2000 senior ATF agents admitted they captured Form 4473 information without needed warrants. Form 4473 highlights an American licensed firearm dealer’s name, address, date of birth, social security number, weapon or weapons purchased and serial numbers. Over time security observers noticed ATF’s physical gun dealer inspection standard slackened to only a picture of the Bound Book’s contents in the archive.

US firearms policy dictates if a federally licensed gun dealer’s business shuts down ATF takes possession of all firearm sales data and its “Bound Book.” America’s firearms Acquisition and Disposition (A&D) record is the Bound Book. Either the permanently combined book, or an orderly arrangement of loose-leaf papers, is required to be kept on the business premises. The Bound Book’s composition should follow prescribed regulations with pages serially numbered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ricardo Swire

Ricardo Swire is the Principal Consultant at R-L-H Security Consultants & Business Support Services and writes on a number of important issues.

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