February 19, 2015 -
The Surrey Police Force in the UK announced it has deployed fingerprint scanners to help protect the Epsom and Ewell Neighbourhood Team from criminal behavior.
The new initiative is a part of the Pubs and Clubs against Drugs campaign, which is being jointly run with Epsom and Ewell Community Safety Partnership and Pubwatch.
The fingerprint scanners will help landlords and the authorities tackle drug taking and anti-social behaviour offences.
The two scanners will be rotated around pubs to scan the fingerprints of patrons, immediately alerting door security staff if a person is under age, has bail conditions restricting access, or is using a fake ID.
“We hope that these scanners can act as a deterrent and stamp out the kind of behaviour that can ruin innocent members of the public’s night out. We want those in our community to feel like they can enjoy themselves without the fear of becoming a victim, or witnessing any criminal or anti-social behaviour.”
In addition to patrolling the area, E&E SNT will also be working across the border with the Metropolitan Police in Kingston and Sutton as part of their existing Behave or Be Banned program, alongside the scanners and the Pubs and Clubs against Drugs initiative.
The BOBB program is designed to identify any anti-social behaviour leading to a ban from all venues in the Kingston, Sutton and E&E areas.