New High Tech Tool for Staislaus County Sheriff

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, December 27, 2004
The automated fingerprint identification system allows officers in the field to determine the identity of a suspect by using a small wireless scanner that transmits fingerprints to a database. A response comes in a minute or less. Lieutenant Maurice Sanders says the scanners will have many uses, like traffic stops where someone is suspicious or doesn’t have satisfactory identification.   SANDERS :10--If there is a hit what the response will give that officer is the name and demographics of the last booking of the individual they’ve stopped plus the most recent booking photograph.   The system is scheduled to go on line the middle of next month and costs about 900 thousand dollars. In addition, each one of the 15 mobile scanners runs about two thousand dollars. The department plans to obtain more scanners as money becomes available. Sanders says agencies in Marin and Los Angeles counties are also planning to use field scanners. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.