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Police to equip checkpoints with fingerprint scanners

The Royal Thai Police are preparing to equip checkpoints with portable fingerprint scanners as a measure to enhance crime suppression.

The force's top adviser General Jarumporn Suramanee revealed the plan yesterday after he accepted 23 portable fingerprint scanners from the Australian Federal Police.

"These scanners will be linked to the database of suspects facing arrest warrants," Jarumporn said. "This way, it is going to be easier to intercept and arrest suspected criminals."

According to Pol Lt-General Winai Thongsong, assistant National Police commissioner, more than 700,000 arrest warrants were issued between October 2002 and September last year.

Winai added that the number of the warrants would likely climb past 900,000 next month.


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