Forensic phone software already paying off, fingerprint system installed

By BARBARA GREEN
editor@bowienewsonline.com
New forensic equipment at the Montague County Sheriff’s office has been operational for less than a month and has already helped confirm a burglary and theft suspect in two separate cases.
Sheriff Marshall Thomas and Sgt./Investigator Ethan Romine showed off the new automated fingerprint identification system. AFIS the automated biometric identification system was installed at the sheriff’s office in the last two weeks. It includes a 27-inch monitor, scanner and CPU all part of the package, and they added a 50-inch monitor mounted on the wall in the fingerprint office to enhance examination.
The fingerprinting system joins a trio of cell phone programs that can help unlock, extract data and refine that data into a readable format. The staff has been using CellHawk, a software that takes cell phone data and breaks it down to not only call logs but mapping, detailed connections with callers and much more.

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Montague County Sheriff’s Sgt./Investigator Ethan Romine explains the new AFIS fingerprint system now in operation at the sheriff’s office. (News photo by Barbara Green)