Board approves purchase of electronic fingerprint system

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Police Department will purchase a new electronic fingerprint Live Scan system with a $15,495 grant from the National Criminal History Improvement Project. The Flint Township Board of Trustees accepted the grant and approved the purchase Monday.

Chief of Police Kevin Salter said the Live Scan system is used by law enforcement agencies throughout the country and that the department’s current system is out of date and no longer functions as intended. He said the funds come from a federal grant applied for by the State of Michigan.

The new system will allow the police department to capture electronic fingerprints, palm prints and mug shots as part of an effort to improve criminal history and record quality in the State of Michigan.

The system will include a Live Scan palm scanner, a desktop computer, a mug shot camera, a driver’s license scanner and a laser printer.

In order to receive the grant, the police department must first purchase the equipment, then be reimbursed.

The township board approved the purchase through ID Networks Inc. on the condition the full amount would be reimbursed to the township.

The $15,495 purchase price includes a one-year maintenance contract. The board also approved paying annual system maintenance costs of $3,495 beginning after the first year.

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