JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol has been using mobile fingerprint scanners to help in investigations.

Capt. Tim Hull tells The Columbia Daily Tribune that the patrol’s 27 mobile scanners are not routinely used in traffic stops. He said the devices are used when there is reasonable suspicion that the person has committed, or is about to commit, a crime.

He says the fingerprints obtained by the scanners aren’t retained in patrol files.

Hull says the devices could be used in some arrests, or in situations where there’s a dead or incapacitated person with no identifying paperwork.

He says the scanners have helped identify two people with outstanding warrants who were trying to mislead troopers about their identity.

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