New fingerprint system to solve crimes faster

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SARASOTA, Fla. - The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is using a new fingerprint system that's expected to solve more crimes through faster technology and improved algorithms.

The Herald-Tribune reports the $1.2 million system is the first of its kind to be activated in the world. Deputies started using it Wednesday.

It allows a latent print examiner to photograph or scan a finger or palm print card taken from a crime scene. The examiner identifies unique points in the print and then runs a search through the system.

Within a minute, the examiner will know whether the print matches one of 500,000 in the sheriff's database. If it doesn't, the examiner will run a search of the databases used by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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