Ink fingerprinting to be replaced by digital technology

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Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 9:57pm

Ink fingerprinting services will no longer be offered by Las Cruces Police starting Friday due to changes with the Department of Public Safety.

DPS is switching over to digital scanning technology that means these services will be provided at Security Concepts in Las Cruces.

"The benefit is you get a 24 to 48 hour return response whether its clear or not clear," said Security Concepts Manager Mike Gonzales.

Gonzales said the early 20th century technique has worked for decades but it can take up to three months to process.

The fingerprints can only be processed by a law enforcement agency such as DPS or the FBI.

The modern digital technology allows for the prints to be sent to the agency almost instantly and they can be processed a lot quicker and a lot more secure as well.

On a standard fingerprint card, information such as a social security number is required.

With the new technology, people are able to register online and are only required to show and I.D, number and maybe a date of birth for identifcation.

While Gonzales' company has been doing ink prints for more than 20 years, there's always a chance a print won't be accepted, but digitally the print is guaranteed.

"The computer will not allow something that's not readable," he said.

Gonzales said while most people are accustomed to getting these services done by police, the fees will not change and the services will be provided daily as opposed to only twice a week.

While it does seem ink fingerprinting is a thing of the past, some agencies are still requesting them and that's why Security Concepts will continue to provide both.

Gonzales said the system will begin accepting the electronic prints starting November 5th.

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