May 3, 2013 -
As a part of a broad attempt to improve its law enforcement capacities, the Interior Police in Santo Domingo have announced new ballistics and firearm technology, which includes fingerprints and facial recognition data of gun owners.
The new system, called the National Weapons Ballistics and Biometric Laboratory, comes as a part of the Dominican Republic’s new Public Safety Plan. Reported in Dominican Today, the country’s Public Safety Plan also aims to improve the control of firearms in civilian hands with reliable statistics, which includes biometric data.
At this point it is unclear which service provider the government has contracted for this new system.
Reported previously in Homeland Security News Wire, the Dominican Republic enacted a sweeping biometric data requirement in 2009, which saw anyone who had not supplied biometric data to be restricted from making any banking transactions or acquiring a firearms permit.
From the HSNW report, the government had intended to capture fingerprints, retinas, iris, facial images, hand vein patterns and palm geometry for its Dominican ID cards.
As reported in Security Document World, in 2007, the Dominican Republic awarded a contract to Liska Biometry to provide the government of the Dominican Republic with its passport personalization printers and software peripherals for its consulates in Miami, Florida and San Juan Puerto Rico.