Mobile ID is a handheld fingerprint device paired with software that gives the officer the ability to search two fingerprints against the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and receive results in minutes. Devices do not save data; fingerprints are searched against prints on file and are not stored in the database.
“The Sheriff’s Office is very excited to be using Mobile ID,” King County Sheriff John Urquhart said. “This invaluable tool helps the deputy confirm an identity when someone plays ‘the name game’ by giving wrong names. Deputies can do their jobs more efficiently using these wireless devices, and as a result, can more quickly get back on patrol and respond to other calls.”
Mobile ID allows an officer to quickly confirm a person’s identity and make critical decisions, such as whether to detain or release the subject, thus promoting public safety by increasing the amount of time an officer is on the street.
In 2014, King County Regional AFIS purchased 250 Mobile ID devices and has deployed over half to King County law enforcement agencies; nearly 500 officers are now trained to use the equipment. Officers report these devices as one of their most valuable tools. For further reading on success stories and comments from officers please review the 2014 AFIS annual report, available online at www.kingcounty.gov/afis, or for questions about Mobile ID please contact Patty Klopp.