Kansas police officers will test a device to take fingerprints in the field without having to have suspects come to a police station, says the Kansas City Star. Over the next year the Kansas Bureau of Investigation will test 60 devices with law enforcement agencies around the state. Similar tests are planned for New York, Milwaukee, and Hawaii.
The tests in Kansas are part of a $3.6 million upgrade to the KBI's statewide fingerprint database unveiled thiks week by the KBI and Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline. Called the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System, it is a statewide database of more than 10 million fingerprints taken from people arrested in Kansas. It links to the FBI fingerprint database. In Kansas, 54 law enforcement agencies have traded ink-and-paper fingerprinting for biometric imaging, which electronically scans a digital image of the print.