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The  Ministry of the Interior of Guatemala  and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, launched the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). This is part of reengineering and institutional modernization process  taking place since 2012  providing  an organizational restructuring and the use of technology to strengthen all of the ministry and its General Directions.

As part of the strategic objectives of the Ministry of Interior  90 mobile devices that allow  taking  fingerprints and  photographs for  on site identification were aquired. This was achieved with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean.

These mobile devices will be used by the Civil National Police at checkpoints, random searches  and police raids nationwide.  The devices will allow the identification of a person subject to search or under police investigation, as well as the prison population through their fingerprints.

These mobile devices will consult the biometric AFIS database, under the Criminalistic Department of the National Civil Police (GACRI) and the biometric database of the National Registry of Persons  (RENAP) using wireless media (WiFi and / or GPRS) that will allow security forces to identify suspicious persons and people who are in the criminal database with an arrest warrant. At the same time the system will corroborate the validity of the Personal Identification Document - DPI- of the person being held for investigation with the chip that carries the identification within the card. In   the case of the prison system,  the devices will be used for validation of  the presence and identity of a detained while   is transferred to the courts or to other detention center.

This identification process is a big step for  criminal investigation, prosecution and prevention of crime and violence since it links the individuals with the databases of criminal AFIS, arrest warrants and the  prison database  through their fingerprint.