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The Union County Police Firearms ID Unit in New Jersey has been honored by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for its work in solving gun crimes. The Firearms ID Unit received the Award of Excellence in recognition of its 200th match or "hit" on IBIS, the national system for tracking firearms used in crimes.

"Since it was established in 2003, our Firearms ID Unit has proved its worth time and again," said Union County Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh. "This well-deserved award is a testimony to the hard work and professional dedication of our Firearms Examination experts."

The primary task of the Firearms ID Unit, also known as the Ballistics Unit, is to determine if a bullet, cartridge casing, or other ammunition component was fired from a specific gun.

The lynch pin of that process is IBIS, the Integrated Ballistic Identification System. IBIS is a national database of firearm evidence from crime scenes and crime guns using high definition 3D images that show the unique microscopic markings left on ammunition components when fired.

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Source: NJ.com

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