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Innovative technology helps investigators easily link crimes

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) _ New federally funded technology will give the Peoria Police Department and Peoria County Sheriff’s Office a quick and easy way to link multiple crimes and help focus their investigative efforts.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that the departments will have access to the new Integrated Ballistics Identification Systems, which allows trained lab officers to place a shell casing collected as evidence into the machine’s tray and get high definition scans of the casing’s uniqe markings.

Within a day after the scan has been completed and sent to headquarters, the Peoria crime lab could receive a list of potential leads of what gun was used.

Officials say this new technology will jumpstart future investigations.
Information from: Journal Star