Hancock to get new fingerprinting system

NEW CUMBERLAND — The next time you get pulled over in Hancock County, you may not have to wait to get your fingerprints checked.

During Thursday’s Hancock County Commission meeting, commissioners approved a request from county Sheriff Ralph Fletcher for the purchase of a new digital finger print system.

The purchase will replace the department’s current Live Scan system, which Fletcher said is at the end of its usable life.

“Our tech guy has had some problems keeping it up and running,” Fletcher said.

The total cost of the proposal was $24,847, consisting of $20,722 for a desktop unit, $1,325 for a printer and $2,800 for two MorpholDent portable scanner units.

A one-year warranty also is included in the purchase.

“Originally, we had discussed eight,” Fletcher said, explaining the department can look to purchase an additional six portable scanners at a later time.

By reducing the number of portable scanners initially purchased, and adjusting details of the warranty, Fletcher said he was able to save $2,000.

Commissioner Jeff Davis said plans are to have the portable scanners used by the sheriff’s department’s lieutenants. They will provide on-site scans during traffic stops or other incidents.

“When they roll up to the scene, they can do it immediately,” Davis said.

Fletcher added the new system will allow his deputies to know immediately whether the person has any prior arrests or citations.

“If they are in our system, we’ll know,” Fletcher said.

He added they also now will be able to transmit digitally the information to the West Virginia State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigations, explaining they previously would have had to print out the information and send it through the Postal Service.

In other business, the commission approved a group of appointments to county boards, including John Plesa to the Hancock County Health Board; Mallory Markowicz and James Harvey to the Hancock County Parks and Recreation Board; and Robert Koper to the Tomlinson Public Service District Board.

The commission approved the appointment of Daniel L. McCune as fiduciary commissioner for the county, with a term of June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2020. Also approved was the resignation of Emily Bahen as part-time dispatcher, effective May 14.

Deputy Timothy Raines has been approved as the new prevention resource officer for the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center, to begin July 1. Fletcher noted he wanted Raines to begin prior to the new school year to become familiar with the building.

The commission also approved a depository bond with WesBanco, in the amount of $2 million. The bond is required by state law in order for the commission to use the bank’s depository services for public money.

A proposal for a revision to the county’s 2017-2018 fiscal budget was tabled, and will be presented at the commission’s next meeting, which is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., June 7.

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