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Instant identification will soon reduce some of the headache that Richmond County sheriff’s officers are feeling in the field. It’s just one of the technological advances coming to the county.

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Richmond County will soon be getting six to 10 fingerprint scanners that officers can use in the field. The sheriff's office was selected for a grant to obtain the fingerprint scanners.  Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Richmond County will soon be getting six to 10 fingerprint scanners that officers can use in the field. The sheriff's office was selected for a grant to obtain the fingerprint scanners.

Lt. Jimmy Young said the sheriff’s office was selected for a grant of more than $21,000 from Homeland Security to obtain the Mobile Biometric Fingerprinting Identification Systems. He expects the grant to buy six to 10 scanners.

Although the scanners have not yet arrived, some officers got the opportunity to use scanners belonging to the Georgia Department of Corrections during a three-day crime sweep with the agency last week in Augusta.

“It’s a great tool when you have someone who’s trying to be deceitful and has no ID,” said Capt. Scott Gay.

Four to five minutes after scanning a fingerprint on the device, which is slightly larger than a cellphone, officers can tell whether the person has a record.

Currently, officers have to take people to the Richmond County jail to run fingerprints.

Young pointed out that the new scanners will also come in handy when officers find themselves with an unidentified body.

The scanners are not the only technological updates in the sheriff’s office.

Investigators are still adjusting to a new computer system that shares databases in several counties.

Coplink, managed by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, links the databases of authorities in Columbia, Richmond, Burke and Aiken counties and North Augusta Public Safety.

Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles said he expects to extend the program to McDuffie County.

“Before, if another agency wanted to get information or a picture on someone we’ve arrested, generally they would have to call us and ask us if we have the information,” he said.

The new system, however, will answer the question with a click instead.

“I think we are in a good place right now,” Peebles said of the technology. “We’re in a better place than we’ve ever been because we’ve spent a lot of time catching up.”

The sheriff’s office also might install about 100 cameras in the downtown area to deter crime, identify problem areas and catch criminals in the act.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/03/11 - 07:02 am
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WOW......:)

WOW......:)

david jennings
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david jennings 09/03/11 - 08:03 am
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Sounds like tax money well

Sounds like tax money well spent.Cameras,yes anything that will help protect the law abiding public.

billyjones1949
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billyjones1949 09/03/11 - 10:52 am
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Go for it Sheriff Strength..

Go for it Sheriff Strength.. make it extremely tough on the bad guys and gals so we good guys and gals can feel safe evywhere. Money that was well spent. I have zero sympathy for those that choose to not obey the laws that protect all of us.

billyjones1949
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billyjones1949 09/03/11 - 11:09 am
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Take it to Harrisburg

Take it to Harrisburg

blakkone
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blakkone 09/03/11 - 01:21 pm
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implementation of the NWO.

implementation of the NWO. whats next?? microchipping??

bclicious
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bclicious 09/03/11 - 11:24 pm
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BLAKKONE! I have to ask; do

BLAKKONE!

I have to ask; do you believe that the police should be able to verify the identity of the person they are talking to?

If no, then this conversation is over, and you are 100% anti-law enforcement. If yes, then how is being able to scan someone's fingerprints in the field some big conspiracy?

Pu239
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Pu239 09/04/11 - 06:05 pm
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Biometrics....it's what's for
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Biometrics....it's what's for dinner! Retina scan, Hand Geometry, Finger Prints, Proximity Cards.....Been There, Done That....No implanted Chip yet...(that I know of anyway.)

blakkone
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blakkone 09/05/11 - 01:15 pm
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BCLICIOUS...I expect the

BCLICIOUS...I expect the masses to label a critical thinker a "Conspiracy Theorist." I expect the masses to have total 100% faith in their government and media outlets and belive everything they hear in the news. I expect the masses to look at new technology as harmless and helpful. But in the end, we shall see.

I challenge people to think outside the box and dig deeper below the surface of what you see with the naked eye. This may or may not have anything to do with RCPD, just continue to use the tool between your ears...peace and blessings.

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