ML Police Department gets new fingerprinting scanner

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Emry Dinman/Columbia Basin Herald A Moses Lake officer helps a woman run her fingerprints through the scanner as part of a background check while an image of her fingerprint is rendered on a nearby laptop screen.

MOSES LAKE — The Moses Lake Police Department has obtained a new fingerprint scanner and resumed fingerprinting services Thursday afternoon for the first time in five months, MLPD officials said Thursday.

The scanner is used for a number of services, including applying for concealed pistol licenses and running background checks for certain sensitive positions, said Clerical Supervisor Marcy Maslen.

The department’s previous scanner, purchased back in 2012, had ceased to function in January, Maslen said, leaving the department unable to render the service for months. In the meantime, nearby law enforcement agencies took up the task of managing the fingerprinting services that MLPD was unable to perform.

“A big thanks to the law enforcement agencies, especially the sheriff’s office,” Maslen said Thursday.

Fingerprinting services are available Thursdays between 2 and 4 p.m. in the police department offices.

Emry Dinman can be reached via email at edinman@columbiabasinherald.com.

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