Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Searching for the Perfect Match; PRECISION New Digital Fingerprinting System Creates More Detailed Print Than an Ink Pad. COLLABORATION Law Enforcement Departments Can Send Prints to Each Other around the State

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Searching for the Perfect Match; PRECISION New Digital Fingerprinting System Creates More Detailed Print Than an Ink Pad. COLLABORATION Law Enforcement Departments Can Send Prints to Each Other around the State

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

No muss, no fuss, no more ink or paper - digitally scanned fingerprinting has come to Florida Department of Law Enforcement laboratories across the state.

With 3,000 people arrested daily in Florida and more than 129,000 fingerprints from unsolved cases in all 67 counties to compare them to, matching a new suspect to an old crime is a lot easier with the new Biometric ID fingerprint identification system, said Special Agent in Charge Dominick Pape of the Jacksonville FDLE office.

"Once that print hits, it's going to do a reverse search for us that can come back and say, 'There's a hit on that,' " Pape said. "That is what is critical about this system - the time for solving crime is going to drop dramatically."

Agents demonstrated the process Tuesday at the North Davis Street office downtown. Biometric ID does away with fingerprint ink cards. Instead the new system digitally copies a suspect's fingerprints and palm prints in the field or in FDLE, sheriffs' and police department offices. Prints can be e-mailed over a secure link between about 900 law enforcement agencies in the state, instead of being mailed or hand-delivered.

"We are a very mobile community," Pape said. "Now if somebody's prints were down in Dade County and comes here to do the crimes, we now have the opportunity to find that person."

The new system does away with poor fingerprinting because it won't accept a smudged job. And FDLE crime laboratory analyst Travis Chipp's job of comparing new prints to thousands on file is better.

"It will give us back a list of possible subjects," Chipp said. "We are then able to compare the latent print of the possible subjects and identify or eliminate."

Biometric ID replaces the department's older Automated Fingerprint Identification System installed in 1996. …

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