MobileID rolled out to forces

The new Mobile Identification (MobileID) service is being rolled-out to forces across the country. It will allow police officers to scan a person’s fingerprints while on the beat and check them against information from the national fingerprint database, IDENT1, for verification.

Jul 21, 2011
By Paul Jacques
DCC Russ Foster

The new Mobile Identification (MobileID) service is being rolled-out to forces across the country. It will allow police officers to scan a person’s fingerprints while on the beat and check them against information from the national fingerprint database, IDENT1, for verification.

The devices have been deployed to more than half of forces in England and Wales this year, enabling faster identification of individuals.

The roll-out by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) follows successful field trials which involved 28 police forces using Lantern mobile identification devices to test how mobile fingerprinting performs in an operational environment.

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