CRD destroys 140 tons of used fingerprint papers

CRD destroys 140 tons of used fingerprint papers

 

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BANGKOK, 6th December 2018 (NNT) – The Criminal Records Division (CRD) of the Royal Thai Police has destroyed 140 tons of used fingerprint papers that people submitted when applying for jobs in the civil service. 

A total of 1.7 million pieces of paper bearing fingerprints were destroyed. They had been accumulated over 16 years. 

The Deputy Commander of the Office of the Police Forensic Science, Pol. Maj. Gen. Thawatchai Mekprasertsuk, said the papers were disposed of after the records were compiled electronically. 

People who apply for jobs at state agencies have their fingerprints taken. The prints are then checked for any criminal records as part of the application process. 

The CRD Commander, Pol. Maj. Gen. Trairong Phewpan, assured the public that the digitally stored records were not abused, leaked or lost, as they were stored as backup files. 

Pol. Maj. Gen. Trairong said an anti-virus system has been installed to ensure database security. The agency decided to shred the papers instead of incinerating them so as not to pollute the environment while also saving money. 

He also dismissed claims that officials could be bribed to delete the criminal records of people convicted of a crime.

 
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