Catching Criminals Just got Easier...

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI conducts 165,000 fingerprint checks a
day and the job just got easier.

The bureau has begun using a new computer system that takes just
seven minutes to search a database of 70 million sets of fingerprints for a possible match with the fingerprints of a suspect. That's down from the old average search time of 17 minutes.

In a recent side-by-side, five-day test of the new and old computer systems, the new FBI system turned up 910 additional matches between prints submitted to the bureau and prints in the FBI's database from earlier arrests.

Engineers computed the accuracy rate of the new system at 99.6 percent, compared with the rate of 92 percent for the old system,
which had been in use for more than a decade.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Barbara Location: Florida on Mar 8, 2011 at 02:57 PM
    If your finger prints are not on file, you are still in the dark.Sometimes it takes awhile to catch the person for some kind of crime he has committed. Then you can tact on other charges to go with the one you caught him for. Makes his life interesting.
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