Monday, June 1, 2020

ProtectTouch – Our Pledge for the Safety of Our Applicants

illustration of a community in the shape of a heaert

“We protect our communities by being the most trusted provider of fingerprint solutions.”


At Accurate Biometrics, our care for the community extends to every applicant that walks through our door. That’s why we maintain the strictest cleanliness and personal hygiene standards, above the guidelines listed by the CDC, and other state and municipal agency recommendations. This standard is integral to who we are, so we gave it a name:
the ProtectTouch pledge

INFORMED
We stay current on news and recommended guidelines,
reviewing and updating procedures as needed.

PROTECTIVE
We wear masks and gloves during the COVID-19 pandemic. We kindly ask that our applicants wear masks as well, to follow the Illinois State order.

SOCIAL DISTANCING
We limit the number of applicants inside our sites. Our new seating arrangement provides proper social distancing.

FREQUENT CLEANING
Our staff wipes down touch surfaces with disinfectant several times daily. Fingerprint scanners are cleaned after every applicant.

STAFF CLEANLINESS
Our staff rigorously follows hand washing guidelines to kill the coronavirus.

TRUSTED
We have been a leader in the fingerprinting industry for 20 years. Protecting applicants is of the utmost importance.


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Accurate Biometrics Names Ray Palys President



January 13, 2020
Accurate Biometrics
Itasca, IL

Accurate Biometrics Appoints Ray Palys Company President

Effective immediately, Raymond Palys has been appointed president of Illinois-based, Accurate Biometrics, a trusted leader in fingerprint service and solutions.

Ray brings to Accurate Biometrics more than 35 years of business experience, including 25 years as a business management consultant to middle market companies.

He has a proven leadership track record, having advised more than 200 companies in the areas of strategic planning, sales performance, organizational development, financial controls, business excellence and performance management.

Ray received his BS degree in Industrial Management from Northern Illinois University, and an MBA in Finance from Loyola University of Chicago.

Ray has been working as a consultant with Accurate Biometrics for the past 3 years, helping to improve aspects of the company’s leadership, planning, communication, performance, and operations.

“Ray is the right leader for Accurate Biometrics,” said Peggy Critchfield, Accurate Biometrics, CEO. “Ray’s extensive background and business development skills positions Accurate Biometrics to strengthen its current partnerships and expand our fingerprint service and technology solutions platform to meet the demands of the industry. We believe his strong leadership experience will continue to position Accurate Biometrics as a ‘Best in Class’ fingerprint service provider.”

Accurate Biometrics wishes continued success to outgoing president Tim Daniels, as he pursues the next exciting phase of his career.


About Accurate Biometrics

Accurate Biometrics is a Certified Woman-Owned Small Business providing live scan fingerprinting service and solutions. We are a trusted leader in the biometric services industry, and the preferred choice of Federal, State, Municipal, Corporate, and other organizational entities. Accurate Biometrics is one of the first companies nationally to submit fingerprints to a State AFIS System for non-criminal justice history record checks, and have been an FBI Channeler since 2006. We have proudly provided innovative fingerprint solutions to our clients for 20 years.


For more information, contact:

Peggy Critchfield
Chairman and CEO
Accurate Biometrics
pcritchfield@accuratebiometrics.com
866-361-9944
accuratebiometrics.com

Monday, January 13, 2020

Accurate Biometrics is now Fingerprinting for Illinois Adult Recreational Use Cannabis

Image of a marijuana leaf held up to the sky


January 2, 2020
Accurate Biometrics
Illinois Fingerprint Vendor License # 262.000016

Accurate Biometrics is now Fingerprinting for Illinois Adult Recreational Use Cannabis 

Accurate Biometrics, Illinois’ most trusted, BBB-accredited live scan vendor is now providing fingerprinting services to cannabis cultivators, dispensing agents, transporters, infusers, grower and required support personnel in compliance with Illinois administrative rules.

On January 1, 2020, adult recreational use cannabis became legal in Illinois. (See Illinois House Bill Amendment 1438 signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker on June 25, 2019.  ilga.gov/legislation/101/HB/PDF/10100HB1438sam002.pdf)

Illinois cannabis cultivators, dispensing agents, transporters, infusers, grower and support personnel applying for licensing for adult use cannabis will require a fingerprint-based background check as part of the licensing requirement.

Accurate Biometrics has over 40 walk-in fingerprinting locations throughout the state of Illinois, and we also process out-of-state FBI FD-258 fingerprint cards by mail.

Businesses wishing to establish an account receive special pricing, reporting options, and a dedicated account manager. Please contact Julie Mester at jmester@accuratebiometrics.com, or 773-685-5832 for details.

For general information and the necessary forms visit: accuratebiometrics.com/illinois/services/cannabis

For fingerprinting locations and hours: accuratebiometrics.com/results-by-zip

For general questions, call our toll-free Customer Support line: 866-361-9944


About Accurate Biometrics
Accurate Biometrics is a Certified Woman-Owned Small Business providing live scan fingerprinting service and solutions. We are a trusted leader in the biometric services industry, and the preferred choice of Federal, State, Municipal, Corporate and other organizational entities. We have proudly provided innovative fingerprint solutions to our clients for 20 years.



For more information, contact:

Julie Mester
Key Account Manager
Accurate Biometrics
jmester@accuratebiometrics.com
773-685-5832
AccurateBiometrics.com

Friday, August 9, 2019

The Will West/William West Case: Did two nearly identical inmates changed the way people are identified?

Photo comparing mug shots and fingerprint of Will West and William West


In 1903 when Will West, convicted of a crime, was delivered to Leavenworth Penitentiary to serve his sentence, the records clerk M.W. McClaughry informed him he was already in Leavenworth, serving time for murder. It turned out that a person of practically identical name, appearance and Bertillon measurements was already in the prison system. 

The Bertillon system for identification, developed by French anthropologist Alphonse Bertillon in the 1880s, involved taking precise physical measurements of a person’s head and body, which were included on a card along with photos and a description of identifying personal features.


A chronology of the West’s case shows that the records clerk learned of the fingerprint identification system from Sgt. John K. Ferrier of Scotland Yard in 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair. In September of that year, Major R.W. McClaughry, warden at the penitentiary, requested permission to install the fingerprint system at Leavenworth. In November that permission was granted. Will and William West's unique fingerprints were finally captured and compared in 1905.

The Will/William West case has been credited with ushering in the use of fingerprints for identifying inmates by law enforcement. In truth, the case was not well known until after the fingerprint identification was already established in the U.S. (It was adopted by the U.S. Military in 1905, and quickly thereafter adopted by police agencies.) 

The case was not reported in print until 1918 in an article Personal Identification by Harris Wilder and Bert Wentworth. However, the West case is an interesting story, and does help to illustrate the reason why fingerprinting replaced the Bertillon system. 

Today, fingerprinting remains critical for identification in the criminal justice system, useful for identifying records and maintaining criminal history.



Will and William West conundrum: How two unrelated but identical inmates showed need for fingerprinting

by Martin Chalakoski, Sept. 29, 2017, for thevintagenews.com


A Fingerprint Fable: The Will and William West Case

by Robert D. Olsen, Sr., Kansas Bureau of Investigation

(This story appeared in the November 1987, Vol. 37, No. 11 issue of Identification News, which was the next to the last issue prior to changing publication format and becoming the Journal of Forensic Identification)


History of Fingerprints

2018, Crime Scene Forensics, LLC, Concord, NC; www.crimescene-forensics.com


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