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Sheriff adds new fingerprint system
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GROVETON – Identifying people through their fingerprints just became faster and easier in Trinity County thanks to new technology installed at the Trinity County Jail in Groveton. Sheriff Ralph Montemayor said a grant from the Deep East Texas Council of Governments has allowing his department to receive the AFIX program, which can instantly check the identity of any person who has been booked into one of the 12 counties in the DETCOG region. The program also has access to the national and international databases of fingerprint information. Montemayor said the AFIX system has been installed in more than 300 locations across the nation and in more than 20 countries. Using new computers, printers, scanner and remote interfaces, the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office has all of the components of the system with advanced technological capabilities. AFIX Tracker components perform searches on fingerprints, palm prints and latent prints, as well as scanning fingerprints, palms and latents; classifying prints; extracting and editing minutiae, along with the search and compare. Also included in the grant was funding for a Jail Management System. This innovative corrections program is designed to incorporate cutting edge technology that will help manage the jail by automating day to day operations; managing inmate information, placement and movement; and manage visitation; and ensuring the correct person if released. The final components funded by the DETCOG grant are Offender ID, Offender ID Integrated and Offender ID Stand-Alone. The overall Offender ID program is an advanced inmate identity management system that includes state-of-the-art iris technology for fast and accurate identification. The program also interfaces directly with existing systems in other law enforcement facilities to create fast and accurate information access. With no cost to county taxpayers, Montemayor said the grant has brought systems that will be a tremendous aid to the sheriff’s department in crime scene investigations.


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