The Parsons Police Department finds history while updating technology.
The P-P-D is currently in the self-assessment phase of accreditation with the Kansas Law enforcement Accreditation Program and has been reviewing their department records. During this process, P-P-D Records coordinator Marshall Sills has discovered over 14,000 fingerprint cards, some dating back to the 1950s.
The cards have historical value by painting a colorful picture of crime in the town's past, but they can also have an impact on the present. The cards will be digitized and entered into the Kansas Bureau of Investigation's Automatic Fingerprint Identification System or AFIS. This will make them easily accessible to other law enforcement agencies across the state and may help in identifying potential suspects and solving cold cases.
Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks called the effort testament to the department's commitment to modern law enforcement practices but also a tribute to the generations of officers who worked tirelessly to protect the city of Parsons.