The Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio is among those that have been awarded new fingerprint-based biometric devices as a means of better identifying persons of interest who officers are otherwise unable to identify, according to a Marietta Times article.
The new devices were received as a mobile device and desktop model called Rapid ID Live ID respectively and are expected to be particularly useful in cases wherein someone in custody uses a false name or is unable to communicate with the officer.
All the different police departments and prisons in Ohio are receiving the new technology and getting them through a grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Beyond better access to their own records, the biometric devices connect to and access the Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigation Automated Fingerprint Identification System and the FBI’s sex offender, known and suspected terrorist, persons of special interest and wants and warrants lists.
In total, outfitting departments across the state cost $720,000 and is expected to be a valuable tool in fighting crime as well as time sensitive identification.
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