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New AFIS database helps to catch criminals faster

Posted in Solving Crime September 15th, 2008 @ 11:45 am

The Department of Public Safety of the State of Minnesota announced that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) with the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office has installed a new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). This new database system has a larger storage capacity and offers a more rapid matching fingerprint response time.

Before it took hours to match fingerprints now it only takes a few minutes. Just like in the CSI shows!

This technology also makes it possible to match more fingerprints of lower quality that you may get at crime scenes. Even partial fingerprints and palm prints can be matched. This helps in both investigating and solving crimes.

The state of Minnesota funded $5.4 million and a matching $5.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security funded the AFIS upgrade. St. Louis County received AFIS workstations and rapid identification units through the partnership.

If you want to see a demonstration of this technology, check out the BCA website.

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