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Waterbury police utilizing new tech to help identify suspects

Published: Mar. 30, 2022 at 4:06 PM PDT

WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) – A new piece of technology is being called a game changer for Waterbury police.

The technology is helping them identify potential suspects faster.

It’s already been used to make an arrest.

Police said under normal circumstances, the steps to find a burglar can take some time.

“We would’ve obviously used fingerprint technology first, which could take a long time. You need someone to look at the prints, who’s a certified fingerprint examiner,” said Lt. Joe Rainone, Waterbury Police Department.

Then officers look at surveillance video and hope cameras recorded a suspect.

“This provides the investigative lead,” Rainone said.

Now with the RapidHit ID System in Waterbury police’s forensics lab, those steps are replaced.

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