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Chicagoland Law Enforcement Agencies Get New Suspect ID Technology

CHICAGO, 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

Chicago 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.

"We're 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."

"Investigators 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."

The 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 IQBM.

"We 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 Crime Stoppers.

Some 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.

About 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.

About 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.

About 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.

About 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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Contact Information: Cook County Crime Stoppers
George McDade, 312-836-6132
or IQ Biometrix
Robert Schechter, 212-499-6809 or 7-Eleven Inc. Rick Fernandez, 734-855-1224


 


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