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Database to target shooting suspects

(Source: Shawn Lanier, FOX19 NOW) (Source: Shawn Lanier, FOX19 NOW)

A database that may help get criminals off the streets of Cincinnati.
National Integrated Ballistics Information Network, or NIBIN, is a database that acts like the National DNA database. It shares information with other cities that have the system.

If gun violence occurs here in Cincinnati or in a city like Chicago or Baltimore, once the information is put in to the NIBIN database, police department and forensic labs that share the database will be able to see if and where that firearm was used.

The Hamilton County Coroner,  Lakshmi Sammarco says the Tri-State needs to be more connected with crimes around the region.

“It's not like the people who are committing crimes are stopping at the boarder saying 'Ah, I'm just going to stop here that's a different county I can't cross the line,'” said Sammarco. “We have to be regional because they're crossing the boarders, they're crossing all of the county lines . So it gives us better communication with the rest of the region.”

It costs $250,000 to get the NIBIN system here and Cincinnati is one of 12 cities that could get the database this year.

Dr. Sammarco is calling on private businesses to help raise money to improve Cincinnati's changes of getting this system.

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