Cops and Docs - The Georgia Firearm Injury Notification System

Information on this page is from the NIJ Report Reducing Gun Violence: Community Problem Solving in Atlanta, published June 2006.

The Georgia Firearm Injury Notification system — better known by its nickname "Cops and Docs" — was established in 1995 by Emory University's Center for Injury Control under a separate NIJ grant. Through this system, 34 law enforcement agencies, 21 emergency medical centers, and 5 medical examiners in the Metro Atlanta area (Atlanta and Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnet Counties) sent data to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which forwarded it to the Center for Injury Control for linkage and analysis of victim characteristics, incident location, circumstances, and weapon type.

These data were compared with firearm-related data from the Atlanta 911 system to generate reports showing trends (e.g., days and times of most gun violence activity) and geographic information system maps showing "hot spots" of gun violence activity down to the street level. This information was then relayed back to federal, state and local law enforcement officials.

For more information, see —

  • Profile No. 24, "Youth, Firearms, and Violence — Atlanta, GA," in Promising Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence, Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, February 1999, NCJ 173950.
  • "Community Level Firearm Injury Surveillance: Local Data for Local Action," by A.L. Kellermann, K. Bartolomeos, D. FuquaWhitley, T.R. Sampson, and C.S. Parramore, Annals of Emergency Medicine 38(4)(Oct. 2001): 423-429 (reprints available).
Date Created: June 30, 2008