New mobile fingerprint device lets police identify suspects in less than a minute

Police in the UK are trialling a new “stop and scan” power, which lets them check the fingerprints of unknown individuals against national criminal and immigration databases. Officers will be able to stop anyone when an offense is suspected and scan their fingerprints using a mobile device if the individual cannot otherwise identify themselves. The scanners will check fingerprints against 12 million biometric records held in two databases: IDENT1, which contains the fingerprints of people taken into custody, and IABS, which contains the fingerprints of foreign citizens, recorded when they enter the UK. Speaking to Wired UK, project manager Clive Poulton, who is helping oversee the trials for the Home Office, said: “[Police] can now... Continue reading…

New mobile fingerprint device lets police identify suspects in less than a minute

Twenty police forces are expected to use the tech by the end of the year

Sat 10 Feb 18 from The Independent

New mobile fingerprint device lets police identify...

West Yorkshire Police is working with the Home Office on a trial of the system and the force is rolling out 250 of the scanners to officers in the next few weeks.

Mon 12 Feb 18 from Daily Mail

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