HARVEY, La. (WGNO) – The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has joined 146 law enforcement agencies nationwide in using state-of-the-art technology to identify and monitor sex offenders.
The sheriff’s office announced Friday that the Sex Offender Registry and Identification System, or SORIS, captures a high-resolution digital picture of the offender’s iris. The system can tell the difference between twins, and even a person’s right and left eye.
Officers will be able to positively identify registered sex offenders in less than 20 seconds, the sheriff’s office said, instead of the hours it usually takes to use fingerprints.
SORIS is also a more portable system and is more user-friendly. The camera is slightly larger than a cell phone.
Lafourche, St. Charles and St. Tammany parishes already use the system.
The sheriff’s office paid $30,000 for a three-year license and hardware costs.