Palm Reading Joins Ranks of the Crime-Fighting Tools
The Chicago Police Department has deployed electronic palm readers to process arrests by recording the entire palm.
The Live Scan fingerprint scanners are high-tech gadgets that work like copy machines and allow state and federal authorities to share information, says Marikay Hegarty at the Chicago Police Department.
The Illinois Criminal Justice Authority provided an $829,000 grant for the department to purchase 37 Motorola palm reading units.
The new tools are faster than the old method of ink fingerprinting. Law enforcement officials can quickly find out if someone has a criminal record.
The palm readers will replace the department’s old fingerprinting system within the next two weeks.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from the Chicago Tribune (11/30/06); P. 6; Yang, Tony C.