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Through a Homeland Security grant, Los Angeles County purchased 500 mobile fingerprint scanning devices that can be used by officers in the field.
The device allows officers to identify people through their fingerprints who have previously been booked through the Los Angeles County penal system.
Roughly 200 scanners went to LAPD, and the rest were spread to agencies throughout the county. The Claremont Police Department only got one, but it has already been put to good use.
“The nice thing about this is, we were able to identify him right there out in the field,” Corp. Bradley said.
Created by Cogent Systems, the device normally runs about $1000 each. Law enforcement officials hope to eventually have one in every patrol vehicle, Cpt. Jenkins said. In the meantime, Claremont police will have to share their scanner until more funding for additional devices is available.
Police believe they will be particularly useful at checkpoints where identifying unlicensed drivers is a constant challenge.
“There’s always a number of identification issues at the checkpoints so this will be a big help,” Cpt. Jenkins said.