BCI crime lab's new technology to identify more links to gun crimes across Ohio faster
In a world where technology is Constantly evolving scientists at the BCI lab in Richfield are taking advantage.
A new system connected to the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network allows them to accept crime guns and cartridge cases as evidence from law enforcement.
"This is the side where we are going to kind of bring all of the cartridge cases that we've acquired and compare them to a set amount in an effort to find potential matches," said Jordan Gardner, forensic technician at BCI, as he walked 21 News through the lab.
On average, it used to take around 137 days before getting evidence back that would point to a lead, but now it'll take just five.
"Having just the number of technicians alongside myself, coupled with more of the instrumentation will allow us to perform more case work," said Gardner. "Which will turn around to potentially more leads being able to be found," he said.
Other scientists get involved when criminal weapons need to be tested.
"We use a water tank in order to recover bullets in pristine condition that we can then use for microscopic comparisons," said Dylan Matt, forensic scientist at BCI.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says the new upgrades will connect the dots when evidence is collected, not only throughout the valley but even across state lines.
"In a place like Youngstown, this is super helpful because you sometimes have people coming from out of town maybe nearby, maybe they came down from Warren or Ashtabula or maybe they came over from Cleveland or New York," said Yost. NIBIN gives us national foot print to be able to locte where is has this gun been. If we know it came from Pittsburgh, now we know what law enforcement office to call and get that file," he said.