SARASOTA (CBSMiami/AP) — A new form of technology has made its way into the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday which will hopefully make fingerprinting a little easier.

The unique new fingerprinting system is used to help sheriffs snag criminals faster and improve algorithms.

The $1.2 million technology upgrade is the first of its kind to be activated in the world and is simple to use.

A latent print examiner would take a picture or scan the finger or palm print card that was taken from a crime scene and identify out specific points in the print. The print will then be scanned on the system.

Within a minute, the examiner will know whether the print matches one of 500,000 fingerprints in the sheriff’s database. If it doesn’t, the examiner will run a search of the databases used by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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