General Policy Information
Latest Revision Date: 5/21/2014
Title 1 - Department Administration
Title 2 - Department Employment
Title 3 - Employee Welfare
Title 4 - Human Resources
Title 5 - Employee Conduct
Title 6 - Arrests, Search and Seizure
Title 7 - Evidence and Property
Title 8 - Use of Force
Title 9 - Equipment and Uniforms
Title 10 - Police Facilities & Security
Title 11 - Detainee Management
Title 12 - Department Information Systems
Title 13 - Vehicle Operations
Title 14 - Emergency Operations
Title 15 - Primary Investigation
Title 16 - Patrol Operations
Effective Date: 10/16/2013
This policy applies to the use of mobile fingerprint identification devices by Department employees.
King County facilitates mobile ID training. Only officers who are trained in the use of the COBAN M7 system and the mobile ID device are allowed to use the mobile ID device.
Officers may use mobile IDs when probable cause exists for the subject’s arrest and/or one (or more) of the following circumstances occur:
Exception: Absent probable cause or legal requirement to present identification, officers must obtain consent from a subject in order to use a mobile ID. Subjects must give their consent knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily. Officers electing to use mobile ID by consent shall document the consent via in-car video or by updating CAD.
Officers shall document the use of mobile ID via General Offense Report or Street Check, as appropriate. When the device is used without probable cause or a legal requirement for the subject to present identification, officers shall document how consent was secured.
When using mobile ID without probable cause for arrest or a legal requirement for the subject to present identification, the officer:
1. Asks the subject if he or she will provide fingerprints
2. If the subject consents, documents consent via in-car video or by updating CAD
3. Uses the mobile ID
4. Documents the use of mobile ID via GO Report or Street Check, as appropriate, including how consent was secured