The FFSU was created in November 2006 to assist all law enforcement agencies in Delaware with the investigation of gun related and other violent crimes by examining firearms and ballistic related evidence collected during criminal investigations. The FFSU is staffed by Detective John Ubil as the Brasstrax technician who retired from the Delaware State Police in December 2015 after serving 28 years with the Division and Mr. Carl Rone who is the certified forensic firearms examiner. Contractor Robert Freese also assists in the IBIS matches.
From November 2006 through December 2015, 5,633 firearms related investigations have been submitted to the FFSU for examination. During 2015, a total of 767 firearms related cases were submitted for evaluation including, 50 murder investigations, 767 firearms, 2,039 cartridge cases and 585 bullet specimens were submitted to the unit, which provided forensic firearms services to 21 Delaware law enforcement agencies, as well as several federal law enforcement agencies. In addition to the submissions received by the FFSU, 330 IBIS/Brasstrax ballistic case matches were confirmed by the forensic firearms examiner. The examiner provided expert witness testimony regarding the results of the forensic ballistics examination and offered services such as firearm serial number restoration, gunshot residue testing, bullet trajectory work and tool mark examinations to Delaware investigative agencies.
- Information obtained from 2015 DSP Annual Report -