Arizona county to use mobile biometric ID systems

July 24, 2012 - 

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) in Arizona is the first law enforcement agency in the U.S. to use BI2 Technologies’ Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System mobile biometric identification system during routine patrol.  MORIS uses iris, fingerprint and facial recognition to identify people.

Sheriff Paul Babeu of PCSO said: “I’m proud that we are the first sheriff’s office or police agency in America to use this technology in patrol and it will allow us to improve safety for Pinal families.  It will be used with consent, or when we have lawful probable cause for criminal offenses. This technology is futuristic for law enforcement, since a deputy on a rural road can now verify a person’s identity even if they provide false name, date of birth or even a fake ID. The eyes don’t lie.”

Seventy-five mobile units were purchased by the Sheriff’s Office and these devices will aid deputies in identifying undocumented illegal immigrants along with suspects without proper identification.

Patrol deputies and other law enforcers will be able to ID suspects within seconds and on the spot using iris, finger or facial recognition.  Using a handheld wireless smartphone the system provides officers in the field with fast criminal background checks.

Babeu said: “We currently use the iris technology to positive ID all inmates at booking and upon release, to track sex offenders and now in patrol to identify any suspects and those arrested for crimes.”

Currently, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has nearly 10,000 individual’s information recorded and stored in their database using iris biometric technology after processing the subjects at the PCSO Adult Detention Center.  Implemented in 2010, the system uses MORIS technology in scanning an inmate’s eyes.

Sean G. Mullin, president of BI2 Technologies said: “The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is nationally recognized for its unwavering commitment to protecting its citizens. We are honored to be part of Sheriff Paul Babeu’s on‐going efforts to effectively use every technological innovation to help fight crime. With a reported seventeen to 30% percent of those captured in the cartel and smuggling corridor already having criminal records in the U.S., we are also honored that the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is implementing our Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System to assist in this effort.”

In addition to mobile units the Sheriff’s office was also able to purchase additional weapons and a new helicopter, using state funding provided by the state legislature and Gov. Jan Brewer, in the amount of $203,572.

Will the use of mobile biometrics reduce crime in Pinal County?

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T’ash Spencer writes full time for She has 15 years experience in the field of regional planning and earned her Master’s of Science in Regional Development Planning and Management from the University of Dortmund, Germany. Follow her @tashspencer1.