Ferndale police were one of a few departments that ran trials on the portable fingerprint scanner known as Bluecheck. Now that scanner has launched to the rest of the state, and Ferndale police have received more of the units to be able to scan fingerprints at the scene.
Bluecheck was designed to be easy to use, so that police officers with reasonable cause could fingerprint someone on the street rather than having to haul them back to the police station to do it. Using the same technology as BlueTooth, the fingerprint scan goes to the Courts and Law Enforcement Management Information System (CLEMIS), which then tells the officer whether the person has a current warrant out for their arrest or has a past criminal record. With many police departments losing personnel due to budget cuts, it is hoped that this device will allow more effective policing amongst the officers who are still out on the street.
Catherine Kavanaugh, “Device lets police check fingerprints from the road.” DailyTribune.com