The New York City Police Department has installed a biometric security system, called LEID Biometric Access Control System, locking down all weapons until an officer authenticates himself via a submitted fingerprint to receive it, according to an Officer.com article.
Police installed the system not only as a measure pf securing the weapons, but creating an inventory tracking system as well where if a weapon is missing they know who the last officer to use it was.
The system is also able to distinguish between supplied fingerprints to determine whether or not the officer is qualified to use a certain weapon. Additionally, in case of a major emergency, there is a function for the system wherein an officer may unlock all the weapons for quicker access. The LEID system, which was paid for through drug forfeiture funds, tracks and secures 20 tasers, seven shotguns and twelve patrol rifles.
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