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Retired Florida police officer launches mobile biometrics business


An article in The Palm Beach Post, highlighted the story of a 56-year old former Florida Highway Patrol Trooper, Dwight Walton, who started his own mobile biometric business called Alpha Omega Biometrics Division, right after his retirement in 2007.

Alpha Omega Biometrics Division operates a fully-equipped mobile biometric vehicle that lets Walton and his three staff move around his neighborhood and provide background checks, fingerprint scans and drug testing. It uses its six fingerprint scan machines to screen jobs applicants in the healthcare, daycare and education sectors.

As Walton mentioned in the article: “When you are dealing with the care of other people’s children, the care of other people’s parents, and you see the abuse and misuse, you need this kind of thorough screening.”

Fees vary from US$15 for notary services to US$85 for a fingerprint scan. And, it usually only takes 48 hours for results to come in because Alpha Omega Biometrics is compliant with FBI requirements that only accept electronically scanned prints for background check requests.

In addition to doing criminal background checks and drug testing, Walton safeguards client’s personal data from identity theft by transmitting it through secure computers and then destroying the data. That kind of sensitivity is lacking in some businesses unless they have someone with knowledge of law enforcement practices.

Walton has said that instead of a salesman’ mentality, “I went into this with a state trooper mentality. Some people think this is quick and easy money but it’s not because it’s a lot of responsibility.”

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