Law Enforcement Agencies Get New Suspect ID Technology
November 20, 2003
Software program from IQ Biometrix creates fast, accurate
composite sketches of suspects for distribution within law
enforcement community to help in arrests
area law enforcement agencies are now using a leading edge
technology to identify, track and apprehend criminals. This
system creates computer-generated composite drawings from
a selection of facial features, hair styles, hats, scars
and tattoos, among other identifying characteristics of
a suspect. These composites can be quickly distributed within
the law enforcement community in hard copies or a series
of numbers, which correspond to the number of the selected
features of the suspect. This training and technology is
being provided by 7-Eleven Inc. and Cook County Crime Stoppers,
in partnership with the Cook County Sheriff's Office.
pleased to help Chicago area investigators have access to
the best possible tools and techniques to help fight crime
in the Chicago metropolitan area," said Rick Fernandez,
Loss Prevention Manager for 7-Eleven's Great Lakes Division.
"It's part of 7-Eleven's long-standing commitment to
support police in making our communities safer."
have a tough challenge when a crime has been committed by
an unknown perpetrator," said Lorenzo Clemons, director
of Intergovernmental Relations for the Cook County Sheriff.
"With this project, police can develop computerized
composite images, distribute these images through police
bulletins and public alerts, and get a positive identification
that can lead to an arrest."
training is being delivered by CTS Associates, based in
Patchogue, N.Y., which provides special operations training
to police and military agencies across the country. As part
of the training, participants will receive the award-winning
FACES composite software from IQ Biometrix, based in California
at Cook County Crime Stoppers have tested this program and
found that it's easy to use and creates accurate images
of suspects. This technology can possibly help law enforcement
get suspects in custody quicker and solve cold cases via
new images," said George McDade, chairman of Cook County
of the Chicago area police agencies that will participate
in the training include Cook County Sheriff and Police Department,
Chicago Police Department, Illinois State Police, AMTRAK
Police, and the police departments of Evanston, Riverdale,
Orland Park, Oak Park, Bellwood and Harvey. A similar training/technology
project is being implemented in the greater Boston area.
Cook County Crime Stoppers -- Cook County Crime Stoppers
brings together citizens, law enforcement agencies, businesses
and the media to fight felony-level crime. It encourages
people to anonymously report tips on crime and thereby be
eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. People can call
800-535-STOP any time, any day to report their tips. Callers
never have to give their name, just their information. Crime
Stoppers gets these tips to the proper law enforcement agency
for action. Since its launch in 1986, Crime Stoppers has
helped federal, state and local law enforcement agencies
recover over $23 million in property and illegal narcotics.
Crime Stoppers has programs to combat illegal gun possession
and use, domestic violence, fraud, illegal drug and gang
activity, auto theft, campus violence and felony-level animal
abuse, among others.
7-Eleven -- 7-Eleven Inc. is the premier name and largest
chain in the convenience retailing industry. Headquartered
in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven Inc. operates or franchises approximately
5,800 7-Eleven(R) stores in the United States and Canada
and licenses more than 19,200 7-Eleven stores in 17 other
countries and U.S. territories throughout the world. During
2002, 7-Eleven stores worldwide generated total sales of
more than $33 billion. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com.
CTS Associates -- CTS Associates Inc. is headquartered in
Patchogue, N.Y. Its mission is to enhance operational capabilities
of law enforcement and military agencies through training
and special operations consulting in the U.S. and around
the world. All CTS consultants, instructors and associates
have achieved professional distinction in their fields.
Core CTS training programs cover: tactical communication,
intelligence and link analysis, contemporary terrorism,
interview and interrogation techniques, criminal profiling,
physical surveillance, and gang recognition and investigation.
Further information about CTS can be found at http://www.ctsassociatesinc.com.
IQ Biometrix -- IQ Biometrix Inc. IQBM provides law enforcement
and security technology solutions for government and private
industry. Based in California, IQBM is a leading provider
of facial composite technology for law enforcement agencies
in North America. FACES is currently used by thousands of
policing agencies worldwide, including the Central Intelligence
Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. IQBM is
currently developing new applications based on this foundation
technology tailored to meet the needs of national, business
and personal security. Its solutions practice is focused
on integrating IQBM and partner technologies to provide
customized responses to client needs. Further information
about IQBM can be found at www.iqbiometrix.com.
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Information: Cook County Crime Stoppers
George McDade, 312-836-6132
or IQ Biometrix
Robert Schechter, 212-499-6809 or 7-Eleven Inc. Rick Fernandez,
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