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Law Enforcement Agencies Receive Digital Fingerprinting System

One hundred and twenty five (125) local law enforcement agencies in Missouri are receiving a new fingerprinting system known as "LiveScan." KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Several local enforcement agencies in Southwest Missouri received the new fingerprinting system...including the Sheriff's Departments in Greene, Christian, Jasper, Lawrence, Webster and Taney counties and police departments in the cities of Republic, Nixa, Branson, Ava, Bolivar, Monett, Neosho, and West Plains.

Funding for the systems, which cost about 32 thousand dollars each came from U-S Homeland Security funds which were distributed by the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

Terri Durdaller is director of communications for the department.

She says the LiveScan system will provide a much more convenient way for law enforcement agencies to gather fingerprints.

Durdaller says local law enforcement officers have told the department that the new system is a significant help.

She says it allows law enforcement to get information about an individual more quickly.

Durdaller says the LiveScan system is portable and could be useful in an emergency situation.

The Missouri Police Chiefs Association and the Sheriff's Association helped the department develop a priority list of jurisdictions most in need of the digital fingerprinting system.