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13-193 Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Purchases Forensic Comparator/Examination Workstation With Paul Coverdell Grant Funds

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Section
-Grants Section

What:  With funding from the National Institute of Justice’s Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has purchased a Forensic Comparator/Examination Workstation for use in the Latent Fingerprint Section.

Where:  The workstation will be housed in the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Section of the Sheriff’s Office.

When:  The workstation became operational on August 1st, 2013.

How/Why:  

With funding from the National Institute of Justice’s Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has purchased a Forensic Comparator/Examination Workstation for use in the Latent Fingerprint Section.

On August 1st 2013 the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office added a new crime fighting tool to its arsenal, a Forensic Comparator/Examination Workstation.

This high tech piece of equipment will help law enforcement personnel better visualize fingerprints collected at crime scenes.

Benefits of the workstation include:

·         The ability to capture images of latent prints using high resolution cameras and three different light sources.

·         The ability to enhance the clarity of images during both the capture of the image and the comparison process.

·         A complete suite of photo editing tools, designed for forensic case work is available in the comparison software of the workstation.

·         Ability to document the comparison process and meet criteria of the recently enacted Daubert Standard in court.

·         Use of a WACOM touch screen monitor to allow accurate and efficient annotation of images and the comparison process.

·         Ability to conduct training of staff and demonstrate proficiency of new examiners.                       

 

The Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program awards grants to states and units of local government to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science and medical examiner services.

Media interested in sound or a demonstration is asked to call the Sheriff’s Public Information Office (727-582-6221) to set an appointment.

Sgt. David DiSano

 

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