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Letters to the editor
10 Sep 2009

Demonstrating an ability to share ballistic intelligence
Dear editor,
Further to the recent article entitled ‘Pilot to track crime and terror suspects’ which appeared in Police Professional (August 20, 2009), and the subsequent letter to the editor I would like to take this opportunity to briefly reply to the comments made.
Project Odyssey’s aim is to find an interoperable solution for the exchange of ballistic information and intelligence across the EU. This system does not currently exist. The project consortium includes both Europol, who is charged with improving the effectiveness and cooperation of EU police forces, and West Midlands Police who manage NABIS, the UK’s ballistic intelligence-sharing system. Both endorsed the need and value of the project in terms of tackling trans-European organised crime and terrorism.
Project Odyssey consortium members are fully aware of IBIS, its technologies and capabilities, and indeed some of its members have already met with the company in Montreal and are scheduled to meet again in Dublin quite soon with a view to them joining the project’s wider stakeholder group.
The facts are that there are several other ballistic systems currently being operated by law enforcement agencies across the EU – EuroFinder, Papillion, Balscan, Condor and Tias to name a few – and the Project Odyssey will demonstrate the ability to securely share ballistic intelligence across regional and national boundaries.
Chief Inspector Dave Fortune
North Yorkshire Police

Making an impact with a bright new look
Dear editor,
I just wanted to say congratulations on the bright, new look. I really like it. It is highly impactive and easy to read for busy forces!
Patrick Brooke
Web communications manager
West Yorkshire Police


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