Nearing the end of April, the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office will receive state of the art technology.
Sheriff Omar Lucio will have an iris scanning system with fingerprint and facial recognition software. The goal of this technology is to increase border security and identify criminals faster than the current finger print process.
Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said, “People who come from across the border or other people like to give false names. They might say well my name is Jose Garcia and then later he’ll tell you his name is Alfredo Gonzalez or Garza. I may be the same individual and you do have the fingerprints but the fingerprints sometimes don’t come back right away. This right here [scanner] is almost instantaneous. I think it’s a great piece of technology.”
It won’t cost the department any money to operate the Biometric ID technology. The BI2 is still on a pilot base. The president of the company says the criminal and sex offender data base continues to grow, as more law-enforcement agencies use the technology. The system is expected to be in use by April 24.