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Day 150 - West Midlands Police - Mobile Fingerprint Scanners | by West Midlands Police
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Day 150 - West Midlands Police - Mobile Fingerprint Scanners

This photo shows hi-tech fingerprint scanning devices that allow officers to ID crime suspects on the streets in seconds.


The pocket-sized gadgets are satellite linked to a national fingerprint database and instantly alert officers if the scanned prints belong to a convicted criminal.


Officers can then cross-reference against the Police National Computer to find out if the person is wanted by police or the courts.


Police in east Birmingham have been trialling the handheld device for several months and they've proved hugely successful.


On one occasion, officers responding to complaints of a nuisance beggar discovered the man was wanted in connection with a murder in Spain after taking his prints digitally.


But crucially the scanners cut bureaucracy and save countless police hours by keeping officers out on the streets rather than hauling suspects through potentially protracted custody procedures.

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Taken on May 29, 2012