Some of South Carolina’s federal law enforcement agents are part of a new pilot program testing new technology that allows them to fingerprint individuals using a mobile device.
The U.S. Marshals partnered with the FBI to pilot the use of mobile fingerprinting, according to a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service.
Officials said it will provide another level of protection because many times wanted fugitives will lie about their true identity when they come across law enforcement. The mobile fingerprinting device will allow U.S. marshals and task force officers to fingerprint individuals from the field to confirm their identities, according to federal authorities.
Assistant Director William D. Snelson, the head of the U.S. Marshals investigative operations division, said the devices do more than strengthen their ability to protect the public.
“They also provide another level of security for our deputies and task force officers, who receive instant feedback on the potential threat a subject poses,” Snelson said.
The agency distributed the devices in 15 of its 94 district offices and all seven of its regional fugitive task forces across the country in June including in South Carolina. The state’s U.S. marshals led fugitive task force has utilized two of these mobile devices to include the task force in Florence and Columbia.
After three months, the U.S. Marshals office stated the device has led to significant arrests.
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