NYPD Commences Use Of Iris Scans Of Suspects

Editor’s Note: This is yet another application that started with military use and is now being used on Americans.  First at checkpoints in Iraq, now in NY.

Department Spending $24,000 Per Unit; Will Have 21 Around City

NEW YORK (AP) – Along with fingerprints and mug shots, the New York City Police Department is now taking photographs of the irises of crime suspects.

The NYPD says the images will be used to help avoid cases of mistaken identity. The process takes about five seconds. Every suspect will be scanned again using a handheld device shortly before they are arraigned to make sure the irises match.


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