The police department no longer has to wait up to a week to see if a person they finger printed is wanted.
The department unveiled a new machine Tuesday that allows them to fingerprint someone electronically and send the results via computer to the state Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. Within 15 minutes they will receive a response, said police Chief Richard Tisone.
The department received the machine last week after it was awarded an $11,000 grant through the Warren Police Department, Tisone said.
Liberty police Chief Robert Tisone, left, shows off the department’s new fingerprinting machine at the station while Detective Sgt. Robert Greaf looks on. Greaf is training the other officers in the department to use the machine.
Gone are the days when the officers performing the fingerprinting have to use cards and ink, Tisone said.
The machine can be used by officers on the beat when booking suspects at the station they just apprehended, Tisone said. Also, the department can also use the machine in the future to perform their own background checks on residents who need one for their job.
Tisone said that would be a way for the department to raise some revenue and also be more convenient for residents, who don't have to leave the township to go to the Mahoning or Trumbull county sheriff offices, both of whom do fingerprinting for background checks.
The machine also saves the department on supplies for doing fingerprints the manual way, Tisone said.
Detective Sgt. Bob Greaf was trained to use the machine and he can train the department's other officers, Tisone said. Greaf said it is easy to use.
''It's dummy proof,'' Greaf said.
The machine also guarantees an accurate fingerprint. Tisone said with ink and cards, sometimes some of the points on a print can be missed.
But with the electronic machine, an accurate print is ensured every time. The machine will not record a print until the area being printed is recorded accurately.
''It allows the prints to be 100 percent accurate,'' Tisone said.
The machine will also allow officers to know who they are dealing with when they are booking in a suspect.
''It's a safety issue for the officers,'' Tisone said.