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WSPD Violent Firearms Investigations team combating gun violence with technology

As shootings and murders increase in many cities across the United States, the police here in Winston-Salem are using technology to combat gun violence. The special team that investigates violent crimes that involve the use of a weapon is called “Violent Firearms”. Investigation team or VFIT. The tool is called the Shoot Tank. In a building in Winston-Salem there is a tool Sgt. Chris Diamont and his violent gun detection team are helping to get shooters off the street. “We’re aiming at this re-shooter who took multiple shots, we’re aiming at this person,” he said. It is called an armored personnel carrier. In a demonstration by Sgt. Diamont, an officer, first dons protective equipment such as eye protection, hearing protection and a bulletproof vest before loading a gun and firing two shots into the tank. “Any weapon that is seized in court, be it in the context of a criminal act, be it a violation of possession or a weapon that is used in a crime or confiscated in a drug raid or the like, all these weapons come through us, what is about 1,000 a year and we’re going to test all of these weapons, ”said Sgt. Chris Diamont with the Violent Firearms Investigation Team within the Winston-Salem Police Department. The goal is to get ballistic information and ultimately to associate the weapon with the crime. “So that we know we need to go back and speak to these specific people. It may be that the person who had the gun was not involved but may have bought it from someone involved in these crimes, ”he said. All information is fed into a system called the NIBIN, or National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, which is a nationwide database that examines ballistic evidence from crime scenes and tests criminal weapons fired to link firing cases. Gun violence is increasing in Winston-Salem. According to police, 98 people were shot dead and survived as of Wednesday this year, 15 people were killed with guns and 134 houses were shot at. Diamont said he worked with four detectives, two assignments for officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, an ATF agent, and four civilian employees on many of these shootings, targeting the shooter with the aim of getting him off of the streets and behind bars. “Someone who shot someone who is willing to take someone’s life, jail them and get them off the streets and try to get some justice for this community and for this family is the most rewarding part of my career I’ve had. “I’ve never had anything in my 19 years,” said Diamont. Although VFIT uses all kinds of technology, they said they can’t put violent people behind bars without the help of the public. If If you have information about a shooting or other crime, you can contact Crime Stoppers and remain anonymous at 336-727-2800.

As shootings and murders increase in many cities across the United States, the police here in Winston-Salem are using technology to combat gun violence.

It is called the special team that investigates violent crimes that involve the use of a weapon Violent Firearms Investigation Team or VFIT. The tool is called the Shoot Tank.

In a building in Winston-Salem there is a tool Sgt. Chris Diamont and his violent gun detection team are helping to get shooters off the street.

“We’re targeting the repeat shooter who made multiple shootings, this person,” he said.

It’s called an armored personnel carrier. In a demonstration by Sgt. Diamont, an officer, first dons protective equipment such as eye protection, hearing protection and a bulletproof vest before loading a gun and firing two shots into the tank.

“Any weapon that is seized in court, be it in the context of a criminal act, be it a violation of possession or a weapon that is used in a crime or confiscated in a drug raid or the like, all these weapons come through us, what is about 1,000 a year and we’re going to test all of these guns, ”said Sgt. Chris Diamont of the Violent Firearms Investigation Team for the Winston-Salem Police Department.

The aim is to obtain ballistic information and ultimately assign the weapon to the crime.

“So that we know we need to go back and speak to these specific people. It may be that the person who had the gun wasn’t involved, but they could have bought it from someone involved in these crimes, ”he said.

All information is entered into a system, called NIBIN or the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network This is a nationwide database that examines ballistic evidence from crime scenes and tests criminal weapons fired to link firing cases. Gun violence is increasing in Winston-Salem. According to police, 98 people were shot dead and survived as of Wednesday this year, 15 people were killed with guns and 134 houses were shot at.

Diamont said he worked with four detectives, two assignments for officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, an ATF agent, and four civilian employees on many of these shootings, targeting the shooter with the aim of getting him off of the streets and behind bars.

“Someone who shot someone who is willing to take someone’s life, jail them and get them off the streets and try to get some justice for this community and for this family is the most rewarding part of my career I’ve had. “I’ve ever had in my 19 years,” said Diamont.

Although VFIT uses all kinds of technology, they said they can’t put violent people behind bars without the help of the public. If you have any information about a shooting or any other crime, please contact Crime fighters and stay anonymous at 336-727-2800.

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