7.030-Firearms & Fired Cartridge Casings
Effective Date: 12/1/2014
This policy applies to all employees who recover firearms and cartridge casings as evidence.
1. Employees Will Safely Handle Firearms
Employees will handle a firearm as if it were loaded.
- Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
Employees will request assistance if they are unfamiliar with the safe handling of a firearm.
Employees may contact a Homicide/Assault Unit sergeant (phone #4-5550) or detective or the CSI Unit (phone #4-0972) for guidance on preserving DNA evidence on a firearm.
2. Employees Unload Firearms Prior to Submitting Them to the Evidence Unit
If an employee unloads the firearm, they will document the location of each round removed from the firearm (the round’s order in the cylinder, magazine, clip or ammunition feeding device or chamber) in the GO report.
- Employees may use CSI forms:
Employees will not submit a firearm in a sealed container
Exception: The CSI Unit will follow unit policies established with the Evidence Unit.
3. The Firearms Specialist Detective Test Fires Submitted Firearms and Enters
Results into IBIS/NIBIN
The Firearms Specialist Detective will perform the following on crime gun related items entered as
evidence as soon as it is practical to do so:
1. All eligible firearms are test fired, and
2. All test fires and recovered fired cartridge cases are
entered into IBIS/NIBIN.
It is the case detective’s responsibility to notify the Firearms
Specialist Detective if other forensic testing is required before
entry into IBIS/NIBIN.
4. Employees Collect Fired Cartridge Casings
Employees will collect fired cartride casings when they reasonably believe the shell casings are
associated with a crime.
Employees will describe fired cartridge casings in the narrative as “FCC” (fired cartridge casing)
followed by the caliber and
make. (Example: “FCC, with head stamp 9mm Speer”)