National Ballistics Intelligence Service

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National Ballistics Intelligence Service
National Ballistics Intelligence Service logo.jpg
Agency overview
Formed 2008
Headquarters Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

The National Ballistics Intelligence Service, or NABIS, is the UK's intelligence service dedicated to managing and providing detailed information regarding firearm-related criminality. The service aims to use its database to store ballistics information about police cases involving firearms, and consequently maintain it for future use and reference. Three new facilities have been created to test and analyse firearms evidence to help link it with other cases.[1] These are based in Birmingham, London and Manchester.[2]

The service was officially launched on 1 April 2008[3] and can be roughly compared to the Integrated Ballistics Identification System operating in America.

Four regional Forensic Hubs operate within four host forces/organisations: Greater Manchester Police (GMP), West Midlands Police (WMP), Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the Glasgow unit of SPA Forensic Services.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Ballistics Intelligence Program
  2. ^ "Hubs". National Ballistics Intelligence Service. Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  3. ^ GNN - Government News Network
  4. ^ "About Us". NBIS. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 

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