Texas city purchases fingerprint scanner
The Richardson, Texas, Police Department has begun using a fingerprint-capture station that uses lasers instead of ink to fingerprint suspects. The $104,000 station was obtained through a grant from the Texas Narcotics Control Program. The station, called Live Scan LS21, is produced by Sacramento, Calif.-based NEC Computers.
Ultimately, Richardson’s station will link to a statewide network of fingerprint stations through the Texas Department of Public Safety. All print scans will be compared to prints in the state’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System, which is a database of prints of anyone arrested in Texas for Class B misdemeanor or greater offenses since 1994.