LiveScan replaces ink finger printing system
August 11, 2006
JEFFERSON CITY - Director of Public Safety Mark James announced Missouri used U.S. Department of Homeland Security 2005 Law Enforcement Terrorism Protection Program funds to purchase 125 LiveScan finger printing systems for Missouri police and sheriff departments. Locally, the Jasper County Sheriff's Dept. and the cities of Carthage, Neosho and Webb City received the equipment.

According to Capt. Richard Leavens, spokesperson for the Newton County Sheriff's Office, the Neosho Police Department will loan out their new equipment for use by his department in part for use in processing Neosho's prisoners. The county's system that lacked the capability of going online instead will be used by the NPD. Joplin Police Chief Kevin Lindsey said that his department already had the system in place.

"This updated fingerprint collection process will replace the traditional ink pad system allowing officers to scan and digitize an individual's entire hand print. These systems will tremendously help Missouri law enforcement agencies to identify criminals and terrorists who otherwise would escape detection under the old method," James said.

With this system, officers can take fingerprints quickly to check them against existing fingerprint databases, which compare the locally obtained prints with those of wanted persons, including terrorists, while the person is still in custody. In the traditional system, fingerprints were submitted by mail for comparison and the return of important information was not timely. The new system is also portable and can be quickly relocated to scenes of catastrophic emergencies.

The Sheriffs Association and the Missouri Police Chiefs Association helped develop a priority list of recipients for this system totaling 125 jurisdictions. The LiveScan purchases require the police and sheriff departments to incur all yearly maintenance costs for the system.

SEMA and DPS worked with the Missouri Office of Administration to obtain a contract for the LiveScan system and maintenance. The savings generated by using the state contract allowed Missouri to purchase LiveScan units for more jurisdictions as compared to each jurisdiction purchasing the LiveScan units individually.

Police offices receiving the Livescan are: Arnold, Ava, Ballwin, Berkeley, Bolivar, Branson, Bridgeton, Brookfield, Camdenton, Cameron, Cape Girardeau, Carthage, Chesterfield, Clayton, Cottleville, Des Peres, DeSoto, Dexter, El Dorado Springs, Eureka, Farmington, Ferguson, Foristell, Fulton, Gladstone, Grandview, Jackson, Jefferson City, Jennings, Kirksville, Lake St. Louis, Lee's Summit, Liberty, Maryville, Mexico, Monett, Neosho, Nevada, Nixa, North Kansas City, Oak Grove, O'Fallon, Osage Beach, Overland, Poplar Bluff, Raymore, Republic, Richmond Heights, Riverside, Rolla, Sikeston, St. Peters, Sullivan, Town and Country, Troy, Union, University, Washington, Webb City, Wentsville and West Plains.

County sheriff departments receiving Livescan are: Atchison, Audrain, Boone, Buchanan, Butler, Callaway, Camden, Carroll, Carter, Cass, Cedar, Christian, Clark, Clinton, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Dallas, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Greene, Henry, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Laclede, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lewis, Livingston, Maries, Marion, McDonald, Miller, Mississippi, Montgomery, Morgan, Oregon, Ozark, Pemiscot, Perry, Pettis, Pike, Pulaski, Ray, Reynolds, Scott, Shannon, Shelby, St. Charles, St. Clair, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, Stone, Sullivan, Taney, Texas, Warren, Washington and Webster.

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