The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 14, 2013

Athens Police Dept. awarded grant for fingerprint scanner

From staff reports

— Athens Police Department will soon be able to purchase a new tool to help locate missing children.

The city received notice from Gov. Bentley’s office Thursday that the department was awarded a $15,816 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant to buy a child’s digital fingerprint scanner.

APD holds community programs for parents where they can get child identification kits for their children. For example, if a child became separated from a parent during a disaster, or if a child is kidnapped, the parent has all of the child’s identification needed to help search for him or her.

Officers have been using ink to record a child's fingerprints for this program. The scanner will provide a more accurate recording with less mess.