The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is reporting a tripling in the number of fingerprint matches from crime scenes due to a new fingerprint system, according to a Tallahassee.com news article.
The system, called FALCON, went in to use at the department in June 2009 and cost $7.4 million. It was brought in when their old system, that had been in use since 1996, was nearing full data capacity.
The news of the numbers was brought out at a news conference that gave an update on the effectiveness of the system. FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey, pleased with the results, commented on how investments in technology for law enforcement such as this help solve more crimes and increase safety around the state.
One of the major differences that FALCON offers officers is the ability to utilize partial prints and palm prints collected from a crime scene and compare those to the 16.5 million prints stored in their system.
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