PNP LAUNCHES HITECH FINGERPRINT I.D. SYSTEM

Manila, April 12, 2003 -- Philippine National Police (PNP) officials 
unveiled yesterday the automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS), 
the first electronic and scientific method of capturing fingerprint images 
and textual information.

PNP chief Director General Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. expressed hope that the 
new technology will help investigators in establishing the identities of 
suspects involved in crimes.

PNP Logistics director Chief Superintendent Dominado Resos Jr. said the 
AFIS project was brought to fruition after the Department of Finance (DOF) 
approved the P700-million funding for it.

The Japanese General Grant Aid Program (GGAP) and the Japanese 
International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will facilitate the grant that 
covers the procurement and installation of the AFIS equipment, fingerprint 
collection kits and training for personnel, Resos said.

The AFIS system will speed up the fingerprint matching process to determine 
if the fingerprints lifted off a crime scene match the fingerprints of 
known criminals kept on file by the PNP.

The PNP Crime Laboratory Service will take care of technical service and 
support to PNP offices involved in criminal investigations.

Resos said the project will process over 200,000 fingerprints cards 
manually lifted and filed by the PNP Crime Laboratory.

Later this year, the PNP Crime Laboratory's Fingerprint Division will hook 
up with the existing networks of the Philippine Criminal Justice System, 
the National Crime Information System, National Bureau of Investigation and 
the Supreme Court for data integration and systems compatibility. (By 
Christina Mendez, Star)

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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