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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and
Firearms to implement the geographic profiling methodology, and use Rigel, the
geographic profiling system for serial arson and bombing cases.
(Monday 13th March, 2000, Vancouver,
BC)Environmental Criminology Research Inc. (ECRI) announced today
that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), an arm of the US
Department of Justice, has chosen ECRIs Rigel geographic profiling system
to assist in the investigation of serial arson and serial bombing cases.
The mandate of the ATF is to enforce the
Federal laws and regulations relating to alcohol, tobacco, firearms, explosives
and arson by working directly and in cooperation with others to support and
assist Federal, State, local, and international law enforcement.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., ATF has 331
field offices throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands,
Guam, and several foreign countries and is responsible for enforcing the
Federal laws and regulations relating to alcohol, tobacco, firearms,
explosives, and arson. ATF agents, inspectors, and professional staff
investigate some of the most violent crimes in society.
ECRIs geographic profiling system enables
law enforcement agencies to identify the residence of serial criminals and
repeat offenders, and help reduce the costs of criminal investigations. With
Rigel, the ATF will enhance the efforts of the Vancouver Police Department, the
RCMP, the OPP, the UKs National Crime Faculty, and the US Department of
Justice, in the implementation and use of this new methodology.
"In areas where ATF is considered the worldwide
leader, such as arson and bombing investigations, illegal arms trafficking
investigations, and fire research and explosives, the ATF is moving into the
21st century utilizing new and advanced crime fighting tools", said Barry
Dalziel, President and CEO of ECRI. "Using Rigel, the geographic profiling
system, to assist ATF field agents in their investigations will continue to
advance the use of technology within the United States law enforcement
ECRI is a Vancouver based software company
providing products and services to law enforcement agencies around the world.