NYPD initiates biometric scanning of suspects

  • The New York City Police Department (NYPD) confirms it is now scanning and photographing the irises of crime suspects.

    An NYPD spokesperson told the Associated Press that the five-second booking procedure should help avoid cases of mistaken identity. 

    As such, every suspect will be scanned again via a handheld device before they are arraigned to ensure a positive iris match.

    The handheld biometric devices and accompanying cameras carry a steep $23,800 price tag.

    A total of 21 systems are slated to be deployed throughout the five boroughs, with devices expected to hit precincts in both Brooklyn and the Bronx over the next few weeks.

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