Rhode Island buys fingerprinting hardware
- By Daniel Keegan
- Apr 11, 2000
Rhode Island purchased 10 additional digital fingerprinting scanners in
an attempt to completely automate state criminal records.
Live-scan fingerprinting equipment creates digital fingerprints, which can
be checked for criminal records among applicants for jobs or permits, and
helps law enforcement identify and track criminals.
"Years ago, you had to ink them, and it would be too long to find out who
they are," said Rhode Island State Police Sgt. Leroy Rose. "Now, you find
out within minutes."
The software, provided by Digital Biometrics Inc., includes computer-based
fingerprinting systems, photographic systems, multimedia data storage and
communication servers, and systems integration and software development
needed to implement identification management systems.
The 10 units and auxiliary equipment were purchased using federal grants
for about $500,000, Rose said.
With the seven units the state already had, four of the five state barracks
will have digital fingerprint capability, as well as several local police
stations and the state prison. The distribution of the 10 units will be
based on need, Rose said.
Within a year or two, Rose said the state hopes to purchase additional hardware
so that fingerprinting will be completely automatic: Once a fingerprint
is scanned, it is automatically sent to other stations, the state record
center and then to the FBI.
Currently, the fingerprints can be sent to the record center but have to
be printed before sent to the FBI, Rose said.