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Seychelles Police, Interpol, 3M Cogent sign contract for new fingerprint matching system


The Seychelles Police Department is expected to receive a new fingerprint matching system by next year, to help with the prevention and detection of crimes.

A contract for the project was signed by the Commissioner of Police Ernest Quatre, Interpol representative Serge Epouhe and Guenter Loerincz from 3M Cogent, Nation.sc reports.

According to the article, Epouhe said this new equipment will be provided in the framework of the Interpol capacity building for Eastern African countries. This program will cover Seychelles and is funded by the European Union.

The Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) will be installed at the Scientific Support and Crime Record Bureau. So far, fingerprint evidence has been process manually using traditional paper and ink methods, causing a strain on resources.

The new AFIS system will allow palm prints and facial data of criminals to be identified and will also be used for civil data management for work permit, character certificates and to confirm identities for immigration.

“The system, which will be provided soon, will help the law enforcement in Seychelles to fight against trans-national and national crimes and will make the lives of police officers easier,” Epouhe said, adding that Seychelles became a member of Interpol in 1979.

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