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Five Months, 169 People Identified and Countless Arrests
Friday, September 23, 2011

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Sheriff Leon Lott stated that in April of this year he deployed 27 “Blue Check Devices” (fingerprint readers) that are greatly enhancing the Department’s ability to capture criminals and identify suspects.

In May the Sheriff deployed 25 additional devices -- resulting 169 people being positively identified in the first five months of use. Sheriff Leon Lott added that countless arrests have been made taking criminals off our streets; saving precious time and resources.

The first of its kind in South Carolina, the Blue Check devices are a tool that assists Deputies in confirming identities and checking for local warrants on suspicious persons or those arrested using their fingerprint. Sheriff Leon Lott states that time and again suspicious persons will be stopped by deputies and lie about their identity or about having outstanding warrants. With the use of the “read only” Blue Check devices the Deputies can quickly confirm their identity and if there are local warrants. Sheriff Leon Lott added that the devices do not save the person’s fingerprint but checks the person’s fingerprint against those booked in to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

The Blue Check device is assigned to a Master Deputy (supervisor) on each patrol squad and that device is linked to the Master Deputy’s patrol car’s mobile data terminal. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that within minutes the identity can be confirmed not only increasing the deputies’ efficiency but also making our communities safer.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that there are countless examples of arrests using the devices; ranging from shoplifting and trespassing, drugs, criminal domestic violence, trespassing and fugitives from justice. For example, the Sheriff announced that Thomas Lee Bloodsaw (DOB 10/13/91) was arrested on Saturday September 17, 2011 using the mobile technology “Blue Check Devices”.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that during the USC Football Game on Saturday September 17, 2011 Deputies and Officers from multiple agencies (working the exterior of the football stadium) spotted Bloodsaw selling t-shirts outside the stadium. Bloodsaw was detained and provided a false name. Richland County Deputies used the “Blue Check Device” to verify his identity. Using the fingerprint reader they identified him as Thomas Bloodsaw and arrested him on the outstanding warrant for criminal sexual conduct. The Sheriff added that investigators have also charged him with burglary are working to determine if Bloodsaw is connected to a string of burglaries in Lower Richland County -- investigators have recovered forensic evidence that links Bloodsaw to at least one burglary.

Sheriff Leon Lott continues to search for innovative ways to fight crime – pursuing new technology and programs that will effectively help in identifying those that would victimize our citizens. To that end Sheriff Leon Lott has purchased, using forfeiture funds, the Blue Check Devices. The Sheriff added that by not using taxpayer’s money to deploy new and innovative technology is extremely important. Being a good steward of our County finances is a very high priority; while fighting crime and making our neighborhoods safer is the highest.

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