Live fingerprint scanning comes to Eastham

Eastham police can now access immediate FBI, state info on suspects
Eastham police unveil their new live fingerprint scanner. Eastham Police Department photo.

EASTHAM - Eastham police announced Thursday that they have installed a new state-of-the-art, live fingerprint scan machine at the station. The machine, manufactured by MorphoTrust USA, a Safran Company, will allow officers to scan the prints of an arrestee and instanenously access variety of state and federal databases including the State of Massachusetts, the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Within minutes, the officer will be able to confirm identity and access criminal history, a release said.

In addition to people who have been arrested, the scanner will be used to process registered sex offenders, firearm license applicants and law enforcmenet applicants. 

The $25,000 for the scanner, installation and training was covered by a grant obtained by the Eastham Police Department. The Town of Eastham was not required to cover any of the associated costs, the release said.

According to the Morpho Trust USA website, the company has deployed thousands of such systems across the nation and has been improving digital fingerprinting technology for the past 20 years. Scanned fingerprints are faster, more reliable and cleaner than traditional ink and paper prints.

Training is complete and the scanner is ready for use.


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