The eyes have it: Central Missouri Sheriff Dept. adds iris scanners to patrols


BRENNAN DAVID
Columbia Daily Tribune
January 20, 2010

MISSOURI — New technology introduced this morning by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department is a step forward for Mid-Missouri counties building criminal databases.

[efoods]A $200,000 COPS — or Community Oriented Policing Services — technology grant will fund license plate and iris scanners for patrol vehicles and the Boone County Jail. The grant is a small chunk of a $1.45 million grant awarded to the Central Missouri Criminal Justice Information System, which will receive a total of $4 million in grants by 2012. The system is made up of seven Mid-Missouri counties that in 2009 began receiving federal grant money through the U.S. Department of Justice to upgrade information technology systems.

David Severson, Osage Beach police chief and system organizer, said upgrading systems will better equip officers to fight crime.

“If a guy was working the road in Osage Beach and he saw a suspicious vehicle, he needs information on that vehicle,” Severson said. “That vehicle could have been involved in a St. Louis murder earlier that day. He needs to have that information while in his car, not later.”

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