Monday, 28 May 2012

GreenInk 7 – A good day for criminals

Let's see if the Telegraph publish this:
From: David Moss
Sent: 28 May 2012 12:18
To: 'dtletters@telegraph.co.uk'
Subject: A good day for criminals

Sir

On 23 May 2012 the Metropolitan Police issued a press release announcing that they are now using mobile fingerprint equipment. Patrolling policemen will check the fingerprints of suspects they have stopped in the street and let them go if their prints are not on file, thereby saving time.

The only figures published by the Home Office suggest that this fingerprinting technology fails about 20 percent of the time – in about 20 percent of cases no match will be made even if the subject's prints are on file. Which suggests that the chances of guilty people being taken down to the station and arrested have just dropped by about 20 percent. Not only in the Met but in 27 other police forces.


Perhaps Nick Herbert, the policing minister at the Home Office, would like to comment on this new way of saving police time.

Yours
David Moss

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