Brandon Huntley / Darrell Smith

Brandon is a sergeant with the Phoenix Police Department, currently assigned as the supervisor for the Crime Gun Intelligence Squad which is part of the Assaults Unit in the Violent Crimes Bureau. In this capacity, Brandon supervises a team of civilian and sworn personnel who enter ballistic evidence into the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) and conduct firearm traces through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on-line tracing database, eTrace. NIBIN, which is a nationwide database also coordinated through ATF, is an investigative tool providing crime gun intelligence that can help link cases involving the use of firearms through the use of computer technology in partnership with the Phoenix Police Department Crime Lab. “Hits” identified through the use of NIBIN, as well as tracing data, provide intelligence and leads that can assist in the identification and apprehension of suspects and serial offenders. In partnership with ATF, the Crime Gun Intelligence Squad has led a regional initiative since 2010 to increase participation among other law enforcement agencies in Arizona with these crime gun intelligence programs. With more than 15 agencies actively participating, this initiative is viewed as a model in increasing the sharing of valuable crime gun intelligence across jurisdictional boundaries throughout Arizona.

Darrell Smith is a contractor for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms ATF as a Crime Gun Intelligence Coordinator, responsible for training police department personnel as well as analyzing and investigating NIBIN and eTrace cases throughout the State of Arizona. Darrell retired from the Phoenix Police Department after 31 years as a highly decorated detective and continues to serve the Department as a Reserve Police Officer. Darrell worked various investigative assignments including property crimes, organized crime, gun crimes, major felony surveillance, undercover sting details and the Special Assignments Unit (SWAT). Darrell was also a deputized U.S. Marshal and task force officer assigned with the ATF/Explosives where he was responsible for the prosecution of suspects for weapons violations in State and Federal courts.

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