Hampshire police officers to use new technology

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POLICE in Hampshire are leading the way with use of a new fingerprinting technology.

The equipment allows officers on the beat to check a person’s identity within two minutes and any information they have given against the national fingerprint database.

It was introduced in July and Hampshire Constabulary officers have topped a recent league table tracking its use, produced by the National Policing Improvement Agency.

During the six-week trial, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight officers used the devices on 434 occasions.

Otherwise, only Greater Manchester and Essex police forces used their devices on more than 300 occasions.

Chief Inspector Cleave Faulkner said: ‘It is extremely pleasing to hear that not only are our officers trained in using the new kit, they are putting it to good use in the communities they serve.’