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Innovative Security Company Advances ID Verification Capability for Police Safety
A routine traffic stop can be one of the most dangerous situations in which a police officer finds him or herself. During a stop, the officer will ask for the driver’s ID and returns to his or her patrol car to run a verification check. This puts the officer in harm’s way if the driver happens to be a criminal. Not only must the officer take his or her eyes off the driver for at least a few minutes while running the check; it gives the driver a chance to think about other solutions to the situation, such as pulling away quickly and initiating a high-speed chase, and it gives the occupants of the vehicle time to destroy evidence or gain access to a weapon. Clearly, a better procedure—one in which the officer could verify the driver’s ID instantaneously, at a strategically safe distance from the individuals in question without ever having to let the driver and other passengers out of his or her sight—would make the whole procedure much safer.
In other situations not involving traffic stops, police similarly need to check a suspect’s ID, requiring that the ID card, along with the suspect, be brought back to a squad car or into a facility such as the nearest stationhouse, where an ID check can be run. This process takes additional time, that once again is a safety issue for the officer if the individual is in fact a criminal. If the suspect is not a criminal, it ultimately keeps the officer away from the street and possibly more pressing police matters.
A Port Townsend, Washington-based company, Intellicheck Mobilisa or ICMobil, has come up with an innovative solution for improving the safety of the nation’s officers on patrol, as well as any officer engaged in spot-checking a person’s ID. One of ICMobil's products, Fugitive Finder, is a hand-held device that allows police to perform an ID verification anytime, anywhere—including right outside a driver’s car window.
Fugitive Finder builds upon ICMobil's patented ID reading technology that is currently deployed nationwide at over 80 federal facilities and military bases. The technology allows the police to quickly scan various forms of IDs, such as driver’s licenses, military IDs or passports, and instantly compares the data to over 100 “bad guy” lists. Fugitive Finder can also draw on databases maintained by federal law enforcement agencies that are interested in detaining specific individuals.
For more information, visit www.icmobil.com.
- Product Profiles /9-1-1magazine.com (via ICMobil, 2/17/12)