UK police units adopt mobile fingerprint scanners

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Two Welsh Police units, South Wales Police and Gwent Police, have deployed mobile fingerprint technology for use on the streets, South Wales Police said on their website.

Police units will be equipped with fingerprint readers to search for matches with fingerprints already present in police databases and reveal the identity of the suspect on the spot within 60 seconds. The mobile biometric solution is called INK Biometrics (Identity Not Known), and the device uses a Crossmatch (now HID Global) fingerprint sensor, software developed by Met staff, and an Android smartphone.

Police hope to catch offenders faster and reduce the time typically wasted taking suspects to the police station and seizing fingerprints.

Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said operations will be conducted “in an open, honest and transparent manner.” By joining forces to deploy biometric technology, police forces aim to prevent crime, provide more support to victims and provide better policing, he added.

According to Deputy Chief Constable Jonathan Edwards of Gwent Police Force, the pilot will start with ten devices that will be used in “Operational Policing Essentials” to deal with suspects associated with modern slavery, organized crime or crime. with a knife.

The technology is already in use by the UK Metropolitan Police who have so far seen significant economic savings, the announcement says.

“It is important to make the most of technology, to ensure public safety while obeying the law and protecting civil liberties,” said Alun Michael, Police and Crime Commissioner for the South of the Country of Wales. “Everything a police officer does within the scope of his role must be proportionate, legitimate and ethical. These devices use a traditional method of policing and speed up the identification process, reducing the time it takes to transport a suspect to custody, reducing distress and inconvenience to any suspect, and reducing the time taken to transport a suspect to custody. ” increase the time that police officers are available to the public. “

The pilot project will last for three months and will then be assessed and reviewed in accordance with the governance structures of the police.

“Investing in new ways of working and providing the latest technology to our officers is a priority for the Digital Services Division, which is a collaborative unit between South Wales Police and Gwent Police,” said the Deputy Chief Constable Richard Lewis, South Wales Police. “INK devices are part of a range of tools available to officers to confirm the identity of a suspect. Once all traditional forms of identifying a suspect have been exhausted, an officer, under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, will be able to use the device to cross-check against databases. of the police.

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biometrics | criminal identification | Cross match | fingerprint readers | Global HID | mobile scanners | policemen | UK


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