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Posted: Friday, December 1, 2017. 12:02 pm CST.

By BBN Staff:  The Belize Police Department continues to be the beneficiary of assistance with training and equipment from the United States government through its embassy in Belmopan. Belize has been gifted 14 Afix Tracker Systems to be installed in key locations at police stations country-wide.

The US Embassy has also provided the training for over 30 police and Scenes of Crime officers from all the districts, on how to use and operate these systems.

The Afix Tracker System, an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), is a biometrics system commonly used by law enforcement agencies around the world.

It allows for finger and palm prints recovered from crime scenes to be digitally captured and then compared to fingerprint records from a data bank in the AFIS system.

The system is equipped with a fingerprint and palm print live scan system and a mug shot camera, which allows for digital finger and palm prints and photos to be digitally captured in real-time from arrested persons.

This newest addition to the Belize Police Department’s crime-fighting arsenal will enhance the department’s current fingerprint identification capabilities, as it will now allow comparisons to be made on site at 14 different locations countrywide.

The handing over ceremony for the equipment is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 4, at the Belmopan Police Headquarters compound.

The ceremony will be followed by a demonstration of how the equipment works at the Belmopan Police Station.

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