Ink-Smudged Fingertips Quickly Becoming a Thing of the Past at CCC
CLARKSDALE – The ink on paper method is now a thing of the past for Coahoma Community College’s Campus Police Department thanks to an update to the department’s electronic fingerprinting system.
According to CCC’s Director of Safety/Campus Police William Houston, the electronic fingerprinting system, AD&S FingerPro, now allows officers to capture fingerprints and palm prints electronically, eliminating the need for the traditional method of ink and paper, and allowing the department to receive results more expeditiously.
“We can now do fingerprinting over the internet, and we get a return from those fingerprints in two hours or less,” Houston said. “With the old system, we had to take fingerprints manually, send it to the State of Mississippi, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and wait on those results in the mail. …Now we can get them back instantaneously.”
Houston said the electronic system had already been in place in CCC’s Division of Allied Health Sciences for about a year-and-a-half, but it also became available for law enforcement use in a recent program update. That means new hires and arrestees will no longer receive ink-smudged fingers during fingerprinting.
“It’s going to make things a lot better for us as well as for individuals seeking employment. We have been doing things manually for so long, but now we’re finally starting to move into the 21st century.” Houston said.
Since the electronic method has become popular with other law enforcement agencies across the nation, Houston said it’s also a plus for CCC’s eight full-time and six part-time officers as well.
“We want our officers to be up-to-date with everything that’s going on in law enforcement, so if someone decides to move on, they’ll already be up to speed... That’s a good thing for CCC, showing that our product is a good product.”