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Be very glad for Scars Marks and Tattoos.  

Common names are a problem.  We have to provide a hit 
list of names and aliases.  The officer has to inspect 
these.  We have learned a lot about identity and 
identification.  Identity is not an intrinsic property. 
It is **always** a matter of matching multiple properties 
of the suspect, perp and/or victim.

One problem is when this is the first time the name is 
in the system.  Then they have few verified records 
to check.  A citation/warrant/civil paper can get 
issued with little validation/verification.  You 
got lucky.  YMMV by agency and locale.  Usually, 
the police aren't that sloppy though because 
misidentification is a well-known bear and they 
are trained and policies exist to check and recheck 
an identity.  But it can happen and that is why 
most systems print photos when available.

We could just go to RFIDs embedded at birth. ;-)


From: Doug Rudder [mailto:drudder@drugfacts.com]

Simon St. Laurent Wrote:

>I kind of like being difficult to identify precisely, though it does
>make for occasional complications.

Like when I was almost arrested for a murder suspect of the same name (no
relation), until the police officer noted that the warrant said the suspect
was 6'5" (I'm 5'10").  I suppose I could have been wearing elevator shoes --
just pressed the down button. :-)


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