Wayne Co. Sheriff’s Office implements iris biometric technology to identify offenders

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCT) – Iris biometric identification technology will be used to identify offenders in Wayne County.

The Sheriff’s Office detailed the tech in a Tuesday morning news conference.

In a news release, the agency said the iris biometric identification system provides quicker and more accurate identification of offenders locally and nationally. It added that the technology will improve the safety of the public and staff by quickly (in seconds) and accurately confirming the identity of previously entered offenders.

The investment will result in significant efficiencies as well as improving public safety. Iris biometric technology captures the unique features contained in the human iris and compares those features against a database of individuals who have been previously enrolled in Wayne County and in other participating law enforcement agencies across the nation.

“Criminals, including illegal aliens and convicted sex offenders, can make Wayne County and communities across America, a dangerous place to live, and work,” said Sheriff Larry Pierce. “Criminals often try to change their identities to avoid accurate identification and prosecution for crimes they have committed. This cutting-edge iris biometric technology is another tool in the arsenal of capabilities we have to protect our citizens.”

Sheriff Pierce continued, “Accurate and timely identification of offenders is a necessity. This system is based on the most accurate biometric technology available – the human iris – and will enable our staff to positively identify a previously enrolled individual in less than 20 seconds, regardless of when and where they were originally arrested and enrolled in the national I.R.I.S.™ repository.

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