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Metro Police To Receive New Technology To Fight Crime

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Metro Police Department is getting ready to do even more to keep neighborhoods and their residents safer. Technology will make sharing information easier and faster.

The Metro Police Department's IT director, Richy Vaughn, is getting ready to hand out a new tool to police officers.

"It's actually a PDA device that handles finger print capture, signatures. It will scan a bar code of a driver license," said Vaughn.

The device will fit in the palm of the hand. It's supposed to revolutionize the way police gather information and solve crimes. The key component was speed.

People charged with misdemeanor state citations like prostitution, assault and drug possession will be finger printed at the scene. The device will send the prints to the city's computer system in minutes.

"An investigator might be alerted that someone he's looking for has just been stopped at some place within Davidson County," said Vaughn.

Sergeant Jeff Keeter was using hand written triplicate forms. A finger print was applied to the corner of one page.

The paperwork would then take days if not weeks to reach the right people including the latent prints department. He said potential suspects could be falling through the cracks.

"You may find out a week later that day I was looking for that guy. I needed him badly. I didn't know," said Keeter.

It's a paperless system even when police issue speeding tickets.

"He'll have it in his hand secured, and he'll hold it out and you will sign it," said Vaughn.  

A paper ticket will still be issued. It will spit out of a printer inside the patrol car. If you get pulled over you may see the new technology as early as October.

Metro Police said people will not be finger printed for civil citations like moving violations, parking tickets and violations that land you in environmental court.

The hand held device is also a camera. Metro attorneys are researching the law to see when an officer can legally take your picture.

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