By Will E Sanders
PIQUA — The Piqua Police Department has integrated updated digital fingerprint software and hardware thanks to a grant that allowed them to make the purchase so they could be in accordance with mandatory state standards.
Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison said they department received a $30,000 grant to update the system and that left the department with one of two decisions: either buy a new machine or upgrade software and hardware on the existing one.
Jamison choose to do the latter since it made more economic and cost-effective sense.
The department, along with all other law enforcement jurisdictions in the state, needed to make the change since some digital fingerprint systems utilized a version of Windows deemed insecure by government standards.
The city’s police department was among some of the first that started integrating digital fingerprint technologies in the state when they first started using them about a decade ago, Jamison said.
“When I started we used ink and glass plates,” Jamison said. “Back then we only fingerprinted for major crimes, but now it is more and more important for background checks for people working with children, money or in positions of trust.”
Officers and police management underwent training with the new software and hardware Wednesday afternoon at the police department, and those that took part will in turn train other officers with how to use the upgraded system.
Jamison said one benefit to the community regarding the new system involves background checks.
Companies and organizations routinely require background checks on potential hires and utilize such technologies to do so, he said.
“It protects the community,” the chief said. “It keeps people who have been charged with certain crimes and convicted of certain crimes from getting into a position of trust that they should not be in.”
Will E Sanders may be reached at 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.