WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) — With the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, the West Point Police Department now has a brand new fingerprint scanner at its disposal.
Gone now are the days of the ink and roller.
The new technology is expected to help the department move its forensics and investigations light years ahead.
"When we use this machine, we won't have to worry about getting bad prints," said Tim Brinkley, police chief for city of West Point. "It's going to get good prints. We don't have to have a fingerprint expert to come in and actually map out the prints. All that is done electronically, so it saves a tremendous amount of time."
"We're able to obtain prints off crime scenes," added Sergenat Albert Lee, a detective with the West Point Police Department. "We can turn and import it inside where the machine can be crossed over to a second machine where it can be compatible to locate the ones responsible."
The new technology also enables the department to have access to both the state and FBI databases.