New Fingerprint Technology Will be in UseJun 13, 2012
By Summer Moore
Soon, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Crime Scene Unit will have a better chance of catching criminals through an upgrade in the state’s fingerprint identification technology.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will expand its Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to include palm prints and access to the federal database, among other upgrades.
“Right now, about half of the prints we find at scenes are palm prints,” crime scene unit Investigator Steve Fanning said. “This upgrade will be a huge help.”
The system will not be pre-loaded with palm prints, and therefore is a database starting from scratch, but many crime scene units around the state have been collecting palm prints since notice of the upgrade possibility in 2010, Fanning said.
Source: The Augusta Chronicle