INTERPOL Ballistic Information Network (IBIN)


A global problem

Firearm crimes overlap with other crime areas. These include, but are not limited to, corruption, environmental crime, human trafficking, maritime piracy, organized crime and terrorism. Firearms and their related evidence know no borders.

The murder weapon from a shooting in one city often ends up in another city, country, or continent. Using IBIN, crucial evidence may no longer remain undiscovered behind an international border.

A connected response

The INTERPOL Ballistic Information Network (IBIN) is the only large-scale international ballistic data sharing network in the world and it is available to all INTERPOL member countries. Connecting to IBIN costs nothing for law enforcement agencies that are already equipped with the IBIS® technology and the service is also available for those not equipped with IBIS. Through IBIN, the opportunity to find that critical investigative lead now exists, even if it is thousands of kilometres away.

International hits

Ballistics data shared via IBIN has revealed links between gun-related crimes in different countries, providing valuable investigative leads for police:

Number of international matches or 'hits':

  • 29 between Portugal and Spain
  • 5 between Sweden and Denmark
  • 1 between Sweden and Norway
  • 1 between UK and The Netherlands     


INTERPOL Firearm Forensics Symposium
October 2017, Dubrovnik, Croatia

For more information regarding the INTERPOL Ballistic Information Network or other aspects of the INTERPOL Firearms Programme, please use the email link below.