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New mobile devices allows fingerprint identification in minutes

Posted: February 1, 2009 9:01 p.m.
Updated: February 2, 2009 4:59 a.m.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station has adopted a new crime-fighting device that allows deputies to check the fingerprints of a detainee within two minutes.

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station recently received nine Cogent Systems BlueCheck mobile identification devices designed to help deputies in investigation and arrest procedures.

In order to verify identities of unlicensed motorists, deputies had to book them into the station's jailhouse.
"We will be able to make a determination in the field whether a person is being truthful or not about who they are," Detective Dan Finn said.

By using the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's secure network, deputies can also compare fingerprints to over 4 million known criminal subjects, and receive an identification response within minutes.

Station officials are excited about the new technology. The system saves deputies time and they won't waste time pursuing people and leads that don't direct them to suspects and potential crimes.

A combination of a secure wireless fingerprint device, Bluetooth technology and a PDA or BlackBerry cellular phone system, the new mobile identification technology simplifies and quickens the task of deputies.

Also, deputies can potentially verify the identities of unlicensed drivers who violate the law and do not have identification in their possession.

The SCV Sheriff Station's new device and process will additionally streamline arrest procedures, reduce the time commitment of the deputy and jailer, and free up deputies and resources for other community enforcement and protection efforts.

The new technology may help identify potentially dangerous or wanted individuals who may have used a false identity, as well as stop other incidents of identity theft.

"As long as the person has been booked before, we can make that determination," Finn said.

Several success stories have occurred throughout Los Angeles County where felons with longstanding warrants were identified and arrested by patrol deputies utilizing the Cogent BlueCheck. Sheriff's officials at the SCV Sheriff's Station expect to see similar success stories as a result of the use of these devices in the Santa Clarita Valley.

"We will continue our aggressive efforts to explore and implement new and advanced technology," said Captain Anthony La Berge. "Our proactive law enforcement and protection efforts help us stay a step ahead of those intent on wrong doing and best protect our community."

BlueCheck is a 3-ounce, Bluetooth-enabled mobile fingerprint scanner equipped with a LCD display for real-time feedback, a 500 dpi fingerprint sensor, and Cogent's SecurASIC technology for embedded encryption, image compression, and on-device matching.

The device also enables BlueCheck to be integrated with the existing equipment and infrastructure of the SCV Sheriff's Station, and provides law enforcement officers with access to the LACRIS Automated Fingerprint Identification System.


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