Making the Connections: A thematic inspection of police force compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the National Ballistics Intelligence Service and Police Forces

Summary

The National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) is the national centre for forensic science, intelligence and knowledge which deals with the illegal use, supply and manufacture of firearms and ammunition. It provides a dedicated forensic service to link crime scenes through the microscopic examination of ballistic items.

In early 2013, HMIC carried out an inspection of police force compliance with the ‘Memorandum of Understanding between the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) and the Police Forces and Partner Law Enforcement Agencies of England and Wales’.

The inspection comprised fieldwork in ten forces. This report sets out the main findings and recommendations.

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Cambridgeshire police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Making the Connections” (PDF document)

Cleveland police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Making the Connections”

Merseyside police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Making the Connections” (PDF document)

North Yorkshire police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Making the Connections” (PDF document)

Northumbria police and crime commissioner’s letter in response to “Making the Connections”

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