Sheriff's deputies use new ID system in field

Sometimes, people who get pulled over don't have their driver's licenses. Other times, they lie to conceal their identity.

They won't be able to get away with that anymore — at least not in Johnson County in Kansas. A new tool to identify people using their fingerprints is already paying dividends for the Sheriff’s Department.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation provided the department with five portable fingerprint-identification devices called RapID that are manufactured by Sagem Morpho, Inc. of Tacoma, Wash. The department is one of the first law enforcement agencies in the Kansas City metropolitan area and state to use it.

The device, which is basically a PDA with a fingerprint reader attached to a handle, looks like a small radar gun. It allows deputies to fingerprint anyone who is not telling the truth or is without identification, said Master Deputy Tom Erickson, a sheriff's spokesman.

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