Trooper Christopher Conrad holds
FHP’s new Rapid ID System device.
The Rapid ID system enables Florida public safety officers in the field to positively identify individuals with Florida criminal records in less than 15 seconds.
Originally mandated by Florida’s Jessica Lunsford Act, the FDLE Rapid ID was launched in October 2006 and is part of Florida’s Integrated Criminal History System, also known as FALCON. FALCON involves the integration and enhancement of Florida’s Computerized Criminal History and Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems.
In a typical Rapid ID application, a trooper uses a small portable device called an edge biometric scanner to obtain digital fingerprint images from an individual. The edge unit transmits the digital print images either wirelessly or via a closed network to the Rapid ID system for matching against the approximately 4-million-record FDLE fingerprint database.
On Apr. 28, troopers in St. Johns County found out just how valuable a tool FHP’s new Rapid ID System can be after a traffic stop. Troopers Christopher Conrad, Phillip Payne and Sonja Chapman were notified by FHP dispatch to be on the lookout for an old school bus occupied by two subjects that were wanted by St. Lucie County authorities. While stationary on Interstate 95, they observed a vehicle matching the description and initiated a traffic stop. Both individuals in the bus gave the troopers a false name and date of birth. The troopers used the Rapid ID System device to determine the subjects real identities. Both suspects had a total of 18 active felony warrants out of St. Lucie County and were subsequently arrested.