Forget guns, iPhones may be best crime-fighting tools

WASHINGTON — Remember when the image of law enforcement was a cop sitting at a desk using two fingers to type out a report?

Well, it seems things have changed.

The next time you see the FBI in action, agents may be armed with cell phones.

Soon, agents may have smartphones with a new app called Mobile One, which plugs into their phones and allows them to scan fingerprints in the field and plug them into the national criminal database.

The additional technology, which FBI agents are set to get in 2012, means officers will be able to get fingerprint results far faster than they have in the past, when suspects had to be brought back to the bureau.

The attachment costs $600 and fits on the bottom of any iPhone.

WTOP’s Del Walters contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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