TOLEDO (WTOL) - A new task force will be working to make Toledo’s streets safer in 2019.
The Gun Crime Intelligence Center will be tracking illegal weapons in the new year. Major-case detectives don't have time to investigate non-fatal shootings. The goal of the task force will be to investigate these shootings and work to prevent them.
Previously, the department filed paperwork on confiscated guns and kept them as evidence. Now, they'll be investigating the guns further in more sophisticated ways.
From origin, to ownership to DNA, the task force will be trying to trace a gun’s history. DNA will be entered into CODIS. All this, to prevent future crimes and solve previous ones.
The department confiscated just over 1,092 guns in 2018, 1,254 in 2017, and 1,055 in 2016. More than 4,400 firearms have been booked by Toledo Police over the last four years.
Currently around five officers from the ATF, TPD, and other law enforcement agencies are assigned to the GCIC, but leaders expect more will be added in the future.
"I like to say it was more reactive then, and more what it's gonna be now in the future is we get that gun, the very first thing we will do is test it for DNA. We'll do forensic testing to determine if we're gonna need that later or not. Then we can also do our additional testing after that if it's not and we'll do NIBEN. Any gun that comes through our department now will be tested through NIBEN,” Captain Edward Bombrys said.
Toledo Police officers say the goal is to improve the process of tracking weapons, before they begin to investigate. This will allow detectives to be more thorough and efficient at solving crime.