Law Enforcement Biometrics Month – The Primer

The law enforcement market has been using biometrics to solve crimes ever since the first print was pulled from a crime scene. Now, biometrics, mobility and identity management extend beyond the crime lab and onto the field, into correctional facilities and onto the computer systems that help catch crooks.

All through October, FindBiometrics will be taking a closer look at the biometric solutions that keep law abiding citizens safe at night. Welcome to Law Enforcement Biometrics Month.

Wanted Persons and Forensics

Law Enforcement Biometrics

Biometrics technology has a very long history in law enforcement. The first mobile device with a fingerprint sensor was developed for this vertical market.

When the average person thinks about biometrics in relationship to law enforcement, chances are they picture a scene from television’s CSI, in which flashy computers with comically over-produced UI match fingerprints, faces and DNA to criminals on a weekly basis.

The way that the media portrays biometrics in this regard is often close to magical, but that isn’t to say that the technology doesn’t play a major role in identifying wanted persons. Biometric databases do exist and they provide a great amount of aid in tracking down criminals. Just recently, the FBI announced that its Next Generation Identification program has gone fully operational, giving agencies access to a massive collection of criminal data, including facial and fingerprint images, that used to be only available in hard copy.

Here are some articles that will give you some background on how biometrics are helping the professionals track down wanted persons.

FBI Activates Next Generation Identification System, Preserves Historical Biometrics

Lockheed Martin Played Key Role FBI’s NGI Deployment

Finding the “I” in Global Identity Summit

Biometric Software From SpeechPro Used To Reveal Identity of Real Life Riddler

Face Recognition and Big Data Analysis Bringing Efficiency To Law Enforcement

Morpho Teams Up With IntegenX, Markets Rapid DNA Identification

Ten Print Biometric Scanner Launched by Futronic

Biometrics Against Child Abduction: M2SYS Announces KinderGuardian

Correctional Facilities

Biometrics are now being used beyond the capturing and booking process, helping bring the same kind of efficiency they bring to healthcare and enterprises to correctional facilities. Deployments in prisons and jails help keep track of inmates when they need to transfer between cells or facilities, be referenced in a report or exit into post-correctional freedom.

Just like any other industry that deals with large database of personal files, biometric solutions can help eliminate duplicate records and add a high level of assurance to any changes made to documents. The following articles will help you catch up on how biometrics work in correctional facilities.

Biometric System To Bring Identity Management To Dutch Penitentiaries

JLG Technologies Acquired by Securus, Voice Biometrics Brings Safety To Law Enforcement

Biometric Authentication To Keep Better Track of Inmates


Mobility plus biometrics equals efficiency. In law enforcement that can mean the difference between bringing an innocent person back to the station and having the time to catch a real perpetrator. Mobile biometric readers, like the ones found in the articles below help cops catch robbers, cut down on overtime and inefficiency and even benefit from the benefits of in the field time and attendance. That isn’t even mentioning that some biometric wearables help keep officers in the line of duty healthy, detecting brain trauma sustained during more violent encounters.

Cross Match Technologies Releases New Mobile Credential and Biometric Reader

Recent Demonstration Shows Successful Handheld Facial Recognition at 200 Meters

Brain Trauma Biometrics: BlackBox Launches New Model of Blast Gauge

Credence ID Launches Trident: Android-based Tri-Biometric Enrollment and Verification Device

Multifunction Biometric Tablet Launched by Morpho (Safran)


Stay posted to FindBiometrics throughout the month of October as we dig deeper into the world of law enforcement biometrics. Follow us on Twitter and use the hashtag #FBLawEnforcement to be a part of the conversation.

October 1, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter