Taking A Byte Out Of Crime

CREATING COMPOSITE sketches of crime suspects has always been a painfully slow and error-prone assignment. Now, police officers can draw, print, and fax them in color on Windows-based PCs with a program called C.R.I.M.E.S. (for Crime Reduction, Image Management, and Enhancement System) from San Diego-based ImageWare Software Inc. Part of the program, called Suspect ID, allows police to build faces in color on-screen. Another module, called C.R.I.M.E.S. Lab, shows how a criminal suspect might look after aging or trying to disguise his or her appearance.

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