Have you ever questioned when a child goes missing and fingerprints are found at the scene, why they weren’t processed to identify their owner? If you visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Facebook page and have viewed the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) From Fingerprints to a New Era of Biometrics video it appears to be a streamlined process if the prints are on file.
In the past, the number of fingerprints on file was staggering and it took on average 45 days to return a fingerprint ID request to a law enforcement agency. However, due to the digital age, it now according to the video takes less than 12 minutes.
If similar advancements can be made with DNA requests there may be hope in fining missing children sooner. Several states would like to establish:
- Criteria for police to determine whether an adult is a ‘‘high risk missing person”
- Require police to provide family with contact information for missing-persons organizations
- Collect DNA evidence for anyone missing more than 30 days