Friday, June 23, 2006


What do the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department not have in common?

The ability to seamlessly share fingerprint data on compatible systems. Three different agencies, three different systems.

They're making progress, but the problem is expected to continue until at least 2010.

Read more here, in an article that appeared in the 6/19/06 issue of Government Computer News.

Oh, and if you think local law enforcement groups across the country are using the same system, read this on one of my favorite latent print information sites, Ed German's ONIN.


Louise Ure said...

Hi Jan,

While this is depressing news for the justice system and law enforcement, it certainly is fodder for some great plot lines!


Jan Burke said...

I agree, Louise!

Ed German's site is one that every crime fiction author should bookmark, because it has really solid and up-to-date information on latent print examination. There's also a good history of the forensic use of fingerprints on the site.