Jones County Sheriff’s Department Chief Barbara Burnette said the RAPID-ID mobile fingerprint scanners were purchased in March and need only the prints from two fingers to identify an individual.
The caveat to that of course is the person to be identified must already be in the National Criminal Information Center database.
Burnette said the scanner works on a wireless network and has good coverage all over the county. She said the scanner could help identify an unconscious person or anyone without identification.
“We can tell who they are if they have ever been in the system,” the chief said.
Once the fingerprints are captured by the device, identification takes place in a matter of a few seconds. If a match is found, the display not only shows the name and pertinent information about the individual but also a picture.
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