National Ballistics Intelligence Service
Agency overview
HeadquartersBirmingham, England, United Kingdom

The National Ballistics Intelligence Service, or NABIS, is a British intelligence service dedicated to managing and providing detailed information regarding firearm-related criminality. The service aims to use its database to store ballistics information about police cases involving firearms, and consequently maintain it for future use and reference.[1] The service operates four facilities to test and analyse firearms evidence to help link it with other cases.[2] These are based in Birmingham, London,Manchester and at Gartcosh in the Scottish Crime Campus in the town.[3]

The service was officially launched on 1 April 2008[4] and can be roughly compared to the Integrated Ballistics Identification System operating in the United States.

Four regional forensic hubs operate within four host forces/organisations: Greater Manchester Police (GMP), West Midlands Police (WMP), Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the Glasgow unit of SPA Forensic Services.[5] The staff are around 40 in number.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Markham, Matt (November 2017). "The role of NABIS" (PDF).
  2. ^ "National Ballistics Intelligence Program". Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Hubs". National Ballistics Intelligence Service. Archived from the original on 11 April 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  4. ^ "GNN - Government News Network". Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ "About Us". NBIS. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Tracking firearms". The Economist. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2018.