Firearms Identification

 

Firearms Identification:



The Firearms Section of the Suffolk County Crime Laboratory has the responsibility of examining all types of physical evidence related to the illegal use of guns and weapons.  This physical evidence consists of all types of guns and ammunition, as well as fired ammunition components recovered from shooting scenes.  The individuals that work in this section are known as Forensic Firearm & Toolmark Examiners.  The unique training and experience of  these individuals allow them to make determinations as to whether a recovered expended bullet or cartridge casing had been fired in a specific weapon.  The section utilizes equipment linked to the National Integrated Ballistic Identification Network (NIBIN) to determine if associations can be made between crime evidence recovered in Suffolk County to other neighboring jurisdictions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Est.)

 

2013

2014

2015

2016

Total Case Reports Assigned

679

749

809

849

Total Cases Closed(1)

620

735

757

900

Cases Closed by Analysis(2)

535

671

586

639

Cases Closed Administratively(3)

85

64

171

261

Total Samples Submitted(4)

3,826

3,197

842*

2,392*

Total Samples Analyzed(5)

3,879

4,473

1,616*

2,430*

*Beginning in 2015, NYS DCJS initiated standardized definitions for “items submitted” and “items

 analyzed”. Therefore, estimated values have been applied to these standardized statewide definitions.