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NCJ Number: 227901 Find in a Library
Title: Who Goes There?: Mobile Fingerprint Readers in Los Angeles County
Journal: The Police Chief  Volume:76  Issue:6  Dated:June 2009  Pages:32,34-36,39
Author(s): Leo M. Norton
Date Published: June 2009
Page Count: 5
Document: HTML
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the success of the new investigative tool for law enforcement, the mobile fingerprint reader in Los Angeles County, CA.
Abstract: Mobile fingerprint scanners have been deployed widely to various law enforcement agencies throughout Los Angeles County. This investigative tool can do more than just capture a fingerprint; the devices work with mobile digital computers, and some devices are agnostic. Los Angeles County chose a solution that was light, very portable, and very fast, with a total number of 2,000 devices deployed. A limitation of the mobile fingerprint scanner for the County is that it currently only searches the AFIS managed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. This tool has had a significant impact in Los Angeles County, providing law enforcement with a piece of equipment that has enhanced officer safety, as well as community safety. This article discusses the deployment and impact of mobile fingerprint scanners in Los Angeles County.
Main Term(s): Fingerprints
Index Term(s): California; Fingerprint detection techniques; Policing innovation; Science and Technology; Suspect interrogation
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