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State Patrol gets a new grip on crime

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Normally, police take fingerprints for a criminal investigation, but now they're starting to get palm prints for better accuracy.

State Troopers say, thanks to a new palm print submission database, they will be able to compare palm prints and solve more crimes. Spokane County is using it as a test site.

 Once the database is more complete, State Troopers say palm printing could be a huge help in the future.  

"In my opinion, it's like DNA," Sergeant Zach Elmore said. "It gives us another avenue to locate a suspect and either prove them innocent or prove them guilty and move on, which, in turn provides closure for the victim."

Officers from other local law enforcement agencies say they've always had the ability to lift a palm print, but with new technology, they will have a database to help track criminals.