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Council approves part-time fingerprint center for City Hall

City Council approved an agreement at with Lycoming County for the county to purchase a fingerprint machine and to maintain it at Williamsport City Hall.

The machine will enable the city to have a part-time processing center in City Hall, said city Police Chief Damon Hagan.

The center will be manned by a county employee from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

County Commissioners signed-off earlier this month to provide the machine and financially support its operation and maintenance to be paid for through the county fund for that purpose.

“This is not costing the city,” said Councilwoman Bonnie Katz.

Fingerprints are a key step in the processing of alleged criminal suspects and others requiring fingerprints who have not broken the law, such as individuals seeking clearances for work.

Currently, a “backlog” exists and the machine and renovation of the police booking room by city streets and parks department employees is expected to help to improve efficiency because fingerprinting for those accused of felonies are processed normally at Old Lycoming Township, Hagan said.

The agreement can be finalized through an indemnification letter, he said, after checking with Jill Nagy, city insurance counsel.

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