Technology makes a difference in assuring community protection. One of the biggest tools available to the NLCRPD is the use of Live Scan technology to immediately identify offenders and liaise with other data based criminal history files. The NLCRPD utilizes two forms of Live scan technology. The first is a remote hand held identification unit, the second is a headquarters based integrated booking platform.

A recent case in point is the NLCRPD arrest of subject SINGH, KARANPREET - Luring child into motor vehicle(M1) and 1 additional charge. Upon arrest the defendant was transported to the NLCRPD headquarters for Live Scan booking. His automated submission resulted in a contact from INS to the NLCRPD within five minutes of submission with a detention order for deportation processing considerations following disposition of his criminal charges.

This technology is supported by NLCRPD budgeted expenditures and is funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, and funding from the Lancaster County Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

A brief description of these processes are provided to assist the reader in greater understanding of the process:

Fingerprinting -The Live scan arrest reporting device replaces the ink-and-roll process with electronic scanning of fingerprints. Digital copies are transmitted to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System at the Pennsylvania State Police for identification and storage. To date, most arrest and fingerprinting information is collected electronically.

Photo imaging - Commonwealth Photo Imaging Network (CPIN) stations capture and store digital photographs of arrested offenders. With CPIN, booking officers can take up to eight digital photographs of a suspect's face and distinguishing markings—scars, birthmarks, tattoos, etc.—and upload the images to the CPIN photo repository for access by law enforcement.