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Uploaded on Feb 17, 2012

Officers on the beat can now check an individual's identity within two minutes thanks to a mobile fingerprinting device.

The gadgets, which were introduced in Essex in July 2011, allow officers to scan a person's fingerprints and check them against the national fingerprint database.

The devices were given to Essex Police by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) and mean people can be identified much more quickly, saving the public and police officers time and making it difficult for people to lie about who they really are.

Officers across Essex, including those at Stansted Airport and the county's ports, have been trained to use the devices.

In this film Pc Russell Gay shows us how the devices work and explains how they are helping him and his colleagues fight crime.

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