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Antigua and St. Kitts using biometrics to solve crime


Catching criminals and solving crimes will soon be a lot easier in Antigua & Barbuda thanks to the fingerprint system that will enable convenient exchange of information within its local police and their St. Kitts counterparts.

Dr. Errol Cort, Minister of National Security in Antigua & Barbuda, affirmed that the collaboration and use of an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) between Antigua & Barbuda and St. Kitts will begin at the end of the month.

“Towards the end of September both Antigua & Barbuda and St. Kitts and Nevis will benefit from an upgraded, modernised AFIS system,” Cort disclosed in an interview with the Antigua Observer. “This system will be introduced both into Antigua & Barbuda and St. Kitts as a prototype and we will be able to link both the systems”.

The Automated Fingerprint Identification System functions by matching the fingerprints acquired at a crime scene with those stored in the system’s database.

Antigua’s Minister of National Security added that the fund was provided by the U.S. Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) programme.

During the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) conference, Cort also encouraged his colleagues and police forces to implement biometric systems throughout the Caribbean.

“It is our vision that all the systems in the region in due course will be linked and that will go a long way in assisting law enforcement officers in dealing with the whole issue of trans national criminal activities,” said Cort.

Do you think that Automated Fingerprint Identification System will be effective in mitigating crimes and speeding up crime investigations throughout the Caribbean?

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