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MEPO 4/199, report of Met Commissioner

MEPO 4/199, report of Met Commissioner

  (i) MEPO 4/199, report of Met Commissioner. Sir Edward Henry, working for the police in India, noticed that the patterns of lines on your fingers are different for every human being. He invented a system of classifying these differences and, on his return to Britain, set up a finger-print section in London in 1901. It was soon recognised by the courts as an important system of linking a person to the scene of a crime. The manual system of sorting fingerprint records was enormous, as this Source explains, but has been revolutionised by the use of computers.

These sources are all quite easy to understand. As you look at them, think about: which aspect of police work will be changed? Is this technology an entirely new approach, or a new way of doing an old job? There is some evidence, too, of the attitudes of: the police (Source 2), criminals (Source 3) and the public (Source 4) to these changes.

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