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LVPD using fingerprint scans to identify people

Posted: 5:27 PM, May 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-08 00:03:06Z

New technology is helping a local police department identify people faster to either get a ticket, or get home safe.

The La Vista Police Department can now search a database by making digital fingerprint scans in every one of their cruisers. The Morpho Scan system allows officers to identify people within minutes if they don't have an ID on them. They say they've used it to name people suspected of driving under suspension, people in missing persons cases, and to identify a fatal crash victim.

The state database is powered by the Nebraska State Patrol which is part of the national database.

"To use this device it's completely consensual with the person we're contacting. We're not going to force you to give us your fingerprint, we're not collecting anything from you, we are simply taking a fingerprint electronically and running a search against a known database to get your identity," said Sgt. Brian Stolley with the La Vista Police Dept.

Bellevue Police Department and NSP are also using the technology in cruisers.