Shoe-print database helps police run down criminals

Florida police are using a database of 24,000 shoes to quickly identify footprints left behind at crime scenes, writes Government Technology’s Elaine Pittman.

The Cape Coral Police Department added the SICAR 6 shoe database built by Foster + Freeman after choosing the company’s fingerprint identification system, Pittman writes.

The technology has already helped the department track down a suspect wanted for burglary. The man was arrested for a traffic offense, and his shoes matched footprints left behind at the scene of the breaking and entering crime. The database helped police match the shoes in an hour, a huge time-saver for an analysis process that previously took as long as four weeks, Pittman writes.

The Cape Coral Police Department paid about $10,000 for the SICAR 6 software, Pittman writes.

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