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Cartersville Police Automated Integrated Fingerprint Identification System Update Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $14,142)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local governments, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice, including for any one or more of the following purpose areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment and enforcement programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).

The city of Cartersville, through the Cartersville Police Department, will use its Fiscal Year 2009 JAG award to improve their effectiveness and efficiency by updating the fingerprint scanner technology that the department uses on a daily basis. This improved effectiveness and efficiency will result in an overall reduction in criminal activity in the city of Cartersville. The existing fingerprint scanner that is currently used by the Cartersville Police Department is an older and obsolete model. The current scanner is mobile, which lowers the quality of the print, is unable to be integrated with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations' (GBI) fingerprint systems due to its age, and is unable to detect duplicate entries. This new, updated system provides better quality scans, which provides more accurate fingerprint recognition. This better recognition results in little or no duplication of entries and better integration with the GBI Automated Integrated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). The purchase of this much-needed equipment will enhance the Cartersville Police Department's law enforcement programs and improve their ability to identify and prosecute criminals.


Date Created: August 17, 2009