NamPol implements biometric identification system

12 Jul 2016 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JUL (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) started using its new automated biometric identification system (N-ABIS) at the Windhoek, Katutura and Wanaheda Police Stations on Monday.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, N-ABIS Project Manager, Chief Inspector Helen Gaweses said people who applied for certificates of conduct from the police were satisfied with the new system as they were helped faster than usual.
“We processed 10 applications within 10 minutes and sent it to the Namibian Police Criminal Record Centre where they compare all fingerprints to see whether they match or not,” Gaweses said.
N-ABIS was launched by Minister of Safety and Security Charles Namoloh on Friday.
The system was largely procured to address the public outcry on the delay in obtaining certificates of conduct from the police and obtaining criminal records on outstanding criminal cases for court proceedings.
It is capable of capturing live scans of fingerprints and also uses facial recognition, comparing it in seconds against millions of scans in the NamPol database.
Gaweses said more than 300 000 criminal records have been captured on the new N-ABIS database.
“As soon as we are able to load all criminal records on the system we will be able to print it in five minutes, but currently as we are busy with the process of outstanding convictions. We take two weeks to process the whole application,” Gaweses said.
Currently, applicants wait up to six months to get their certificate of conduct.
The system will also be used for case dockets
Justice Moller, who was one of the first people to use N-ABIS at the Katutura Police Station, said the system works well.
“The last time I was here it took me very long and today they helped me very fast. I appreciate it a lot,” Moller noted.
Also speaking to this agency was Loide Uushona, who said she was happy that the new system takes only two weeks to process the document instead of the current half a year.
“It is especially good for students who want to study outside Namibia” she said.