The fingerprinting system joins a trio of cell phone programs that can help unlock, extract data and refine that data into a readable format. The staff has been using CellHawk, a software that takes cell phone data and breaks it down to not only call logs but mapping, detailed connections with callers and much more. Montague County Sheriff’s Sgt./Investigator Ethan Romine explains the new AFIS fingerprint system now in operation at the sheriff’s office. (News photo by Barbara Green)
The Montague County Sheriff’s Office’s new forensic equipment has been active for less than a month and has already assisted in the confirmation of a burglary and theft suspect in two different incidents. Sgt./Investigator Ethan Romine and Sheriff Marshall Thomas demonstrated the new automatic fingerprint identification system. In the previous two weeks, the automatic biometric identification system AFIS was implemented in the sheriff’s office. It comes with a 27-inch display, scanner, and CPU, as well as a 50-inch monitor put on the wall in the fingerprint office to help with inspection.