Prints match in an instant



IT NOW takes minutes to search almost three million sets of fingerprints for a match that could lead to solving an old murder crime.

Gladstone police station was the first to install the new LiveScan fingerprinting device recently, outdating the old ink technology in an instant.

Criminals coming into the watchhouse have been fascinated by the new technology which scans their fingerprints directly on to a computer, according to Sergeant Peter McFarlane.

"They enjoy the technology rather than the ink,'' Sgt McFarlane said.

"They want to know what it does.''

However, no doubt to the disappointment of criminals, the technology is more effective and efficient than the ink system.

The scanned fingerprints can be matched to any existing on the database within 15 minutes and matched to those from un- solved crimes within 45 minutes.

Gladstone police station was the first to have a "successful hit'' with the technology.

Since its introduction about one month ago, fingerprints have been matched to two unsolved crimes in Queensland.

"We can solve crimes just by taking fingerprints,'' Sgt McFarlane said.



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