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Houston Police Department AFIS Unit Mobile Suspect ID Booking Enhancement Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $910,000)

The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.

The Houston Police Department (HPD) will support the expansion of an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). HPD will enhance several critical elements of their AFIS, which include mobile AFIS tools to identify suspects of crime on the streets, booking and processing the identification data of arrested individuals remotely, providing an additional latent and palm print workstation for searching State of Texas archives, and identifying suspects with mental issues prior to jail booking. The new equipment enhancement will make the suspect/applicant identification workflow efficient and effective. HPD will also provide upgrade training on all incoming biometric data and the recall of this data on back end storage facilities.


Date Created: September 8, 2010