Southern District U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst presents the award for Most Outstanding State Law Enforcement Officer to Felicia McIntire of Ridgeland.
Southern District U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst presents the award for Most Outstanding State Law Enforcement Officer to Felicia McIntire of Ridgeland.
A Ridgeland woman was named Most Outstanding State Law Enforcement Officer Tuesday at an awards ceremony held by Southern District United States Attorney Mike Hurst.

Mississippi Forensics Laboratory Firearms Section Chief Felicia McIntire received the award meant to honor individuals in law enforcement and the community who have made a difference over the past through their work in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative.

McIntire, a forensic chemistry graduate of Eastern Kentucky University who has worked at the crime lab since 2008, is the point of contact with the forensics lab for Project EJECT (Empower Jackson, Expel Crime Together), a federal initiative targeting crime in the capital city. Her work at the crime lab has resulted in a significant decrease in the backlog of firearms testings and examinations, most notably a 100-plus percent increase in the productivity of firearm testing and examinations.

“Working alongside such a talented and motivated group of federal, state and local partners since the inception of Project EJECT last year has been an honor and privilege,” McIntire said. “I was humbled to receive the award for ‘Outstanding State Law Enforcement Officer’ amongst such a distinguished crowd and will continue to do all in my power to live up to this title as our Task Force approaches new and ever expanding goals.”

The National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, or NIBIN, takes distinctive and unique markings from shell casings found at crime scenes and matches them, when possible, to other crimes committed with the same weapon.

“It is the mission of the NIBIN program to ‘Identify and target shooters and their sources of crime guns.’ In 2018 the Mississippi Forensics Laboratory has certainly achieved that mission with the help of federal, state and local partners,” said McIntire. “This calendar year over 150 investigative leads have been disseminated to law enforcement agencies throughout the state, sending a clear message that crime gun intelligence has been and will continue to be our focus as we combat violent crime.”

In 2017, there were only 30 NIBIN leads. Under Project EJECT, violent crime has gone down 7 percent in Jackson, Hurst said.

“It is always an honor to have a staff member recognized for having such a major impact in such a significant operation as Project EJECT. This project has allowed the Mississippi Forensic Laboratory the opportunity to work closer than ever with our law enforcement agencies to make a real difference in public safety,” Mississippi Forensic Laboratory Director Sam Howell said.

Hurst also emphasized the importance of the NIBIN program and McIntire’s involvement with it.

“This tool is critical to developing suspects and obtaining convictions of violent offenders in the Jackson Metro area and throughout the state,” Hurst said. “Ms. McIntire has been at the forefront of and is a leader in proactive policing in solving crime.”