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UK’s Dorset Police deploy new fingerprint biometrics to speed up suspect identification

The project was coordinated by the Forensic Capability Network


Police forces in Dorset, U.K., have started using new fingerprint biometric technologies to speed up the suspect identification process, the DorsetECHO reports.

The new solution was coordinated by the Forensic Capability Network (FCN) and will be utilized to remotely transfer fingerprints directly from crime scenes to the fingerprint bureau.

“This means that identification will now be achieved in minutes and hours rather than days and weeks,” explained Ryan Howell, one of Dorset’s regional forensic coordinators.

Following the start of the project, Dorset Police’s Crime Scene Investigators (CSIs), who are part of the South West Forensics, will have access to these technologies.

“This will allow us to apprehend suspects quickly, prevent possible further offending, and ultimately lead to swifter justice for victims,” Howell said.

Talking to DorsetECHO, the forensic coordinator said the new fingerprint solution will join the roster of technologies provided to CSIs from various private collaborations.

“Our CSIs are supported by a number of other forensic specialist partners from across the region who help us maximize the service we give to victims of crime locally,” Howell added.

Moving forward, Dorset Police will keep collaborating with FNC to deploy new technologies, including biometrics.

“Dorset Police, along with other forces, works closely with the FCN on a number of research and development projects, as well as the introduction of new technology at crime scenes,” Howell concluded.

The project is not the first of its kind, as other Police forces in the UK recently started using mobile fingerprint scanners to facilitate agents’ work.

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