Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office adopts MorphoBIS for suspect identification

August 30, 2013 - 

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is now using biometric technology from Morpho as a part of its workflow and says it’s already seen a doubling of identification matches in the first month of use.

Reported in the HeraldTribune, the particular system – MorphoBIS – cost the county $1.2 million and is being used primarily to examine latent fingerprints at crime scenes. The agency was previously using a ten-year old system.

“New people are arrested everyday, so I search their fingerprints with all of the unsolved cases,” latent print examiner Brian Asbridge said in the report. “I’m seeing almost a doubling of hits this month alone.”

Law enforcement communities have been aggressive adopters of biometric technology, and as reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, MorphoTrak and Identity One recently delivered the BIOGUARD system for identifying prison inmates to an Arizona Sheriff’s office. 

In addition, the Orange County Crime Lab is also using the MorphoBIS system to identify suspects and criminals.

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