New service puts ID-authentication power in police officers

New service puts ID-authentication power in police officers' pockets

Law enforcement departments could soon have a new tool to help officers better identify and authenticate individuals' status and determine if they’re a potentially dangerous contact.  

Law ID -- a new service from the authentication-technology company Intellicheck -- uses information from driver's licenses and other government-issued identification documents and compares it against Department of Motor Vehicles databases and other state and federal datasets. Law ID also incorporates real-time updates on outstanding warrants, BOLOS (be on the lookout warnings) and other critical information.

The solution, which delivers information to the officer via smartphone or tablet, can be used at traffic stops, outdoor events and other places where law enforcement officers are on duty.

Law ID can be tailored to the needs of small and large police departments, federal law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, according to an Intellicheck announcement. And because a mobile device is used instead of a vehicle-mounted computer, Law ID allows officers to stay close to a potential suspect during a traffic stop or run checks while patrolling on foot.

"Law ID increases officer and citizen safety,” Intellicheck CEO William Roof said in the release. "It can help quickly de-escalate a potentially tense situation by providing rapid data access and a quick and intuitive summary of critical law enforcement information....  We are excited to begin deploying units to our first three representative departments.”

An Intellicheck spokeswoman told GCN the company was not allowed to name the three law enforcement customers that are piloting Law ID, but the company did say the agencies serve a major metropolitan area, a suburban unit and a growing rural community.

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Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.

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