09/14/2009

N.Y. police use biometrics system to secure weapons

By Kenneth C. Crowe
Times-Union

TROY, N.Y. — A city police officer wanting a Taser or rifle to take on patrol will only get the weapon after providing a thumbprint for identification. The police department's new LEID Biometric Access Control System reads the print before unlocking the weapon for the officer to grab.

"It's a system that allows us to track the weapon,'' Chief Nicholas Kaiser said Wednesday.

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