New technology to help cops identify offenders
07/21/2010
Baltimore Sun - Online

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State prison officials unveiled this morning new technology to make it easier for cops on the beat to identify offenders on parole and probation:

"Livescan allows a parolee or probationer to be digitally fingerprinted, palm-printed, and photographed at one machine, with the confirmed identification information being transmitted quickly to the Law Enforcement Dashboard, a system that allows police officers to view an offender's criminal history information from multiple sources within minutes on a single screen.

Livescan closes an information gap: until now, police agencies were not always able to immediately ascertain whether someone was under Parole and Probation supervision. Now, that important component of an offender's record will show up as a reportable event on his or her “RAP” sheet within minutes after Livescan completes the process."