ATF hosts grand opening of new center of excellence at Wichita State

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) hosted grand opening ceremonies May 8 for its National Crime Gun Intelligence Center of Excellence located on the Innovation Campus.

The National Crime Gun Intelligence Center of Excellence will be the leader and model for training; providing the most effective investigative techniques and technical applications and the newest systems using crime gun intelligence for law enforcement agencies throughout the nation.

Wichita State’s focus on digital transformation, industry and government agency engagement and commitment to applied learning initially garnered the attention of the ATF. Through the relationship with WSU and with its presence on campus, ATF will have the opportunity to benefit from engagement with university laboratories, researchers and students through applied learning and research collaboration.

The National Center of Excellence will house a second National Correlation and Training Center for the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, the only national network that allows for the 3-D imaging and comparison of ballistic evidence recovered from crime scenes.