GRAFTON—Have you ever been fingerprinted? If so you are not alone. With the largest Biometric fingerprinting system in the world, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in Clarksburg processes over 189,000 fingerprints on a daily basis.
Robert Holman, Supervisory Management Program Analyst at the FBI, shared this information with the Grafton Rotary Club last week.
Holman went on to explain that the FBI houses over one hundred million fingerprints, and that data base grows at an exponential rate of 10,000-12,000 new criminal prints being processed each month.
“We take our responsibilities very seriously. We do all that we can to keep America safe. Some view that as a lot of work, I see it as job security.” added Holman. “With our Next Generation Identification system we are improving processing times, as well as, increased sharing among other entities such as the U.S. government and Homeland Security in order to promote safer, more secure communities.”
According to Holman, the criminal prints that are processed daily are done so, on average, in just over four minutes. That amount of prints used to take 3 weeks to process.
He also shared that under the new system, civil transactions, such as military and federal employee prints, are processed in only two hours and 10 minutes, which is a major improvement from the month it used to take.
“This is the hard work of folks right here in Clarksburg West Virginia,” Holman expressed.
Holman, who is a native of West Virginia, has been with the FBI for nearly 22 years.
“The FBI has been good for West Virginia, and West Virginia has been very good for the FBI,” commented Holman.
The FBI was transferred from Washington DC, to West Virginia 25 years ago, through the efforts of Senator Robert Bryd.
Holman revealed that prior to the relocation, the identification program had an attrition rate of 22 percent, with employees retiring, or going to a different agency. However, with the move to West Virginia the rate is now under two percent.
“We come to work, and work hard, and we are there for life,” said Holman. “Many people retire from the FBI, and I believe that it is a testament to the people of West Virginia.”
FBI has been a major boost to the economy, employing approximately 3,000 individuals.
In addition, the FBI owns over 980 acres of property, and has the second largest police force in the state.
“Many successes have came out of the FBI, and again I think it is a great testament to the wonderful people of North Central West Virginia,” Holman concluded.