Police chief reiterates statement that fingerprinting equipment purchase necessary

 

Aburg Police Logo Rev-webBy Ron Giofu

 

With new electronic fingerprinting equipment being purchased and part of the Amherstburg police budget, Chief Tim Berthiaume has reiterated that the purchase is necessary.

Councillor Bob Pillon wanted Berthiaume to confirm the purchase during the last council meeting after Pillon referred to remarks published in the press questioning such a move. Berthiaume confirmed that electronic fingerprinting technology known as “Live Scan” is being acquired by Amherstburg police, but stated it is a necessity.

With fingerprints eventually stored by the RCMP, the latter agency will not be accepting paper fingerprints after July 1. That has led to services across Canada, including the Amherstburg Police Service, having to acquire the new “Live Scan” technology.

“It is federally mandated,” said Berthiaume.

The Amherstburg police budget has risen 4.5 per cent this year, but Berthiaume had previously noted during budget deliberations that much of the increases were out of his control. That included the “Live Scan” machine, tasers that he said will increase public safety, and increases to WSIB premiums, OMERS retirement premiums and wages.

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