08/14/2012

FBI to develop tattoo database

Agency is asking local law enforcement agencies for help collecting tattoo information

Walter Pacheco
The Augusta Chronicle

ORLANDO, Fla. — The FBI wants your tattoos — more specifically, the meanings behind their inky black lines and colorful shapes — and it's asking local law enforcement agencies for help.

The FBI's Biometric Center of Excellence, which already collects tattoos and other identity markers in its massive database, sent a request July 13 to police agencies for information "related to any current databases containing tattoo/symbol images, their possible meanings, gang affiliations, terrorist groups or other criminal organizations."

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