Connecticut Speeds Fingerprint Identification

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Connecticut state police will announce today an enhanced fingerprint identification system that will change the way police identify suspects and make sure people seeking sensitive positions in security or child care have no criminal record, the Hartford Courant report.

Umtil now, fingerprint identification checks have have been done manually and could take four to six months, even for criminal suspects, leading to a massive backlog. The delays were blamed on outdated technology and a taff shortage.

The new system will allow state and local police to confirm fingerprint identifications via scan fingerprint technology in less than two hours, usually within minutes, said Capt. Scott Martin, project director for the new system. Fingerprints of applicants for sensitive jobs like sports coaches, bus drivers, and scout leaders, can be confirmed in under 24 hours. Under the old system, fingerprints were mailed from the police agency to FBI headquarters.


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