Federal Crime Gun Intelligence Center Initiative Grant Announcement

By September 24, 2019 Press Releases

Columbia Police Chief W. H. ‘Skip’ Holbrook, City of Columbia Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin, City Manager Teresa Wilson along with state and federal partners announced a new the latest federal grant awarded to the Columbia Police Department to prevent, reduce and solve gun-related violent crime in the City of Columbia.

Federal Grant Announcement News Conference Bailey Street Community Center

The three-year grant called the Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Initiative Grant comes from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and totals $668,414 that will directly support the Columbia Police Department’s (CPD) newly created Crime Gun Intelligence Unit. The Unit will be comprised of the following sworn & civilian subject-matter experts:

  • Program Manager
  • Unit Supervisor
  • Two Crime Analysts
  • National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) AnalystsBallistic Evidence Input – Embedded at SLED
  • Ceasefire Coordinator

Specifically, the NIBIN analyst is funded through a separate $77,471 Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) Grant making a combined grant award of $745,885. The PSN Initiative was announced in July 2019 with local, state and federal partners in the Greenview Community in North Columbia.

The Project Safe Neighborhood Strategy focuses on: Prevention & Education, Partnerships, Evidence-Based Practices, Technology and Building Trust in the Community. The CGIU will enhance the PSN model.

Federal Grant Announcement News Conference Bailey Street Community Center

Here are some additional Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Quick Facts:

  • Supports CPD’s existing partnerships with:
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF)
  • United States Attorney’s Office –District SC
  • SC Law Enforcement Division (SLED)
  • Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office
  • SC Department of Probation, Parole & Pardon Services (PPP)
  • Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD)
  • Follow-Up on actionable leads for investigations
  • Provides feedback to partner stakeholders
  • Follows CGIC best practices:
  1. Commitment from Chief Holbrook & Command Staff
  2. Comprehenisve Firearm-related Crime & Forensic Tracing
  3. Crime Gun Intelligence Analysis
  4. CGIC Investigations
  5. Law Enforcement & Prosecution Collaboration & Arrests
  6. Focused State & Federal Prosecution
  7. Similar to Ceasefire Columbia – a focused detterence initiative to address gun violence offenders in 29203 neighborhoods
  8. Local CGIC Feedback

Utilizes intelligence, technology to:

  • Identify gun crime offenders & firearms sellers/purchasers
  • Disrupt illegal pattern/cycle of behavior
  • Hold offenders accountable on federal gun crime penalties (Arrests)
  • Gather information for investigations & court cases on state and/or federal level for prosecution

Augments Gun Crime Analysis with:

  • Grant-funded surveillance equipment
  • Web-based software
  • Training of CGIU personnel

Future Plans:

  • Performance measures
  • Additional grant-funding for sustainabilty
  • Additional personnel based on caseload

Other CGIC Grant Cities Selected:

  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Houston, Texas
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Paul, Minnesota
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina