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Title: Spotlight on Computerized ID Systems
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:59  Issue:2  Dated:(February 1992)  Pages:33,35-36,40,43-45
Author(s): J B Schmitt
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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Box 6000, Dept F
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United States of America
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Technological advances such as automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) and computerized imaging systems can be costly, but law enforcement agencies around the country report success rates in their use in suspect identification as well as operating cost savings that are greater than the initial financial outlay.
Abstract: The AFIS rapidly searches a database of thousands of fingerprints using coded information about a fingerprint's pattern type, generating a list of possible matches to be examined and verified by a fingerprint expert. The AFIS takes much less space and staff than manual systems. Computerized imaging systems can produce a photographic lineup in 5 minutes, compared to an hour using manual methods. In addition, a computerized sketching program permits anyone to generate composite sketches of criminal suspects using the same techniques as a professional police artist. Other systems can generate a suspect's likeness from only parts of actual photographs.
Main Term(s): Automated fingerprint processing; Suspect identification
Index Term(s): Automated police information systems; Computer aided operations; Face composite kits; Photographic analyses
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