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East Midlands police to digitise fingerprints

Three East Midlands police forces are to become the first to have their paper fingerprint records digitised.

Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire police will hand more than 500,000 records, dating back to 1999, to a private software firm.

The East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) said the move would help trace offenders more quickly and save money on staffing and storage costs.

Northgate Public Services, a private company which also collects 50% of the UK's council tax, will be carrying out the work for the forces - which should only take a few weeks to complete.

  • 16 Aug 2013
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