CO Sheriff Using Iris Scanners To ID Suspects

11:50 AM, Jan 7, 2014   |    comments
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FORT COLLINS - When Larimer County Sheriff deputies speak with those they have stopped, they are often told lies.

"You hate to say it, but we've actually seen it happen, where identical twins or siblings have assumed their sibling's identity," Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said. "A lot of people are dishonest with us."

It's why the eye camera, in use at the jail for those who are booked and those who leave, has been so helpful for the sheriff's staff.

"What fingerprints were 100, 150 years ago, things like iris scanners are now," Smith said.

He posted to Facebook over the weekend about a routine DUI stop on Interstate 25.

Salvador Corral, according to the sheriff's office, didn't have a photo ID and lied to deputies about his identity.

When Corral's eyes were scanned, his identity became clear. He had an outstanding arrest warrant and now faces charges of criminal impersonation.

The data is internal within the sheriff's department and it's there to help deputies work much more quickly than if they were to rely solely on fingerprints.

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