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The Sharing of Ballistics Data Across Europe and Neighbouring Territories

Gerard, J. and Crookes, R.L. and Elliott, S. and Hellenbach, M. and Stamos, A. and Poole, H. and Bowen, Erica (2017) The Sharing of Ballistics Data Across Europe and Neighbouring Territories. Science and Justice. ISSN 1355-0306, Onlilne: 1876-4452 (In Press)

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Abstract

The current study explored the use of ballistic examinations and cross-border information sharing across 14 European countries. The presented data were collected using a mixed methods technique consisting of semi-structured interviews and questionnaires that were completed by participants. The results painted a very heterogeneous picture of the use of automated ballistic systems across these countries, as well as how ballistic analyses are integrated in the fight against gun-enabled crime. Three super-ordinates themes emerged from the thematic analysis: use of automated ballistic systems; Ballistic evidence recovery and analysis; knowledge exchange and best practices. The ability to draw firm conclusions regarding the value of ballistics comparison systems, either on a national or cross-border basis, is hampered by inconsistencies regarding data recording practices and definitions. Therefore, key recommendations are suggested to establish better cross border cooperation between member states and develop a better understanding of data sharing procedures.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: firearm, ballistic evidence sharing, European ballistic database, open case file, cross-border comparison
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Erica Bowen
Date Deposited: 03 May 2017 09:04
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 10:33
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5475

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