Image API digitizes over 24 million fingerprint records on microfilm

Law enforcement officers need fingerprints from a crime scene in order to link a suspect to a crime. Investigators at FDLE had to manually search through catalogs of microfilm to find a suspect’s fingerprint records, a time-consuming process that slowed investigations. Digitizing fingerprint records requires a high-level of expertise, precision, and quality. FDLE turned to Image API for a solution to help modernize their approach.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sets forth stringent specifications for the quality and security in digitizing fingerprint records. A quality assurance process was set up as part of the solution and monitoring software was implemented to track each record during imaging, safeguarding integrity and providing chain-of-custody documentation. More than 24 million digital fingerprint records were made accessible in the Department’s system of record.

Forensic technicians can quickly scan millions of fingerprints in a matter of minutes, expediting the screening process for weapon permits, child care employment, and more.

The value delivered for FDLE?  Digitizing the fingerprint records accelerates the retrieval of records.  Forensic technicians can quickly scan millions of fingerprints in a matter of minutes, expediting the screening process for weapon permits, child care employment, and more.  Law enforcement is also able to reconcile data against Department data and across multiple indexes, ensuring accuracy and improving information reliability.

Project Summary

Challenges:

  • Manual searches through microfilm records were time-consuming
  • Digitizing fingerprints requires high level of expertise and security to meet FBI standards

Solution:

  • Go digital, with high-security, high-quality imaging of over 24M fingerprint records

Results:

  • Improved access to records for faster, more accurate investigation
  • Integrated with line of business application for seamless access

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About the Author: Loree Evans

Loree Evans
Loree Evans is the Vice President of Client Success and leads the team responsible for client success across all lines of business. She has been a part of Image API since 1995 and brings over 25 years of experience in government process improvement and project management.