California Department of Justice Integrates Palmprint Matching Capability

Law enforcement capabilities dramatically enhanced.

by / May 6, 2004
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Department of Justice (DOJ) is expanding its California Automated Palm Print System (CAPPS). The system will be updated by the system by integrating a palmprint database matching system with the existing fingerprint database dramatically enhances the state's law enforcement capabilities.

The California DOJ recently integrated NEC Solutions America's Automated PalmPrint Identification System with Cal DOJ's existing automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS). The California DOJ AFIS system contains more than 14 million fingerprint records and handles 15,000 queries per day.

CAPPS currently contains approximately 200,000 records of individuals with criminal records, but the California DOJ and its local agency clients plan to expand the database as the technology for electronic capture of palmprints is more widely deployed throughout the state.

"Over the last 20 years, we have literally made millions of identifications using AFIS technology," said Gary Cooper, chief of the Criminal Identification and Information Bureau within the California DOJ. "With this new matching tool, we will be even more effective in enhancing public safety because approximately 30 percent of all fingerprint evidence recovered at crime scenes comes from the palm area of the hand."
Miriam Jones Chief Copy Editor
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