Monday, September 9, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE — A technology upgrade could mean that not only are Gwinnett inmates’ fingerprints on file but their palmprints as well.
Chief Deputy Mike Boyd of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office asked for funding for the new system Monday, as part of the county government’s budgeting process.
Boyd said the upgrade is required by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which began incorporating a “next generation” digital system in 1999.
The fingerprinting system at the jail is old, and technical support is no longer available for the system, Boyd said. He added that the next phase of adding palmprints into files is not possible on the old system.
Since 20 to 30 percent of prints that are found at crime scenes are of palms, Boyd said the nearly $50,000 new system could help in solving local crimes.
The office is also seeking $11,160 for palm scanners to go with the system.
Recently, the office implemented the use of rapid ID scanners in the field for fingerprints, and Boyd said that netted in an arrest after someone gave a false name the very first time it was used.