Friday, April 7, 2017

TOP STORY >> Security forces safeguard base with new equipment

By Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols

19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 19th Security Forces Squadron uses new scanning devices to expedite base entry and increase intelligence about possible crimes, keeping service members and their families safe.

The Defense Biometric Identification System, or DBIDS, is used by military bases to enhance the force protection mission of defending the installation by controlling authorized access at the installations entry control points.

“With the increased speed of the handheld units, Defenders will be able to scan more identification cards, which will result in a safer community,” said Jeffery Bardsley, 19th SFS plans and programs chief.

The devices provide real-time alerts about individuals requesting access to base which allows installation entry controllers to assess the situation and act accordingly. Base entry is not only safer, but faster with DBIDS by allowing authorized people through the gates in less time.

“This system is always being upgraded and advanced so it can be used throughout the base at various security forces sites, including the Pass and Registration office and the visitors center,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Angelina Horton, 19th SFS installation access NCO in charge.

The system gives security forces access to biographical and biometric data – such as Department of Defense identification numbers and fingerprints – to verify the identity of the individual before they enter the base.

“There is a great benefit to using DBIDS at Little Rock Air Force Base,” Horton said. “It makes life easier by reducing time spent entering the installation, and it helps ensure the right people are coming onto the installation.”

From safe and accurate installation access, to generating visitor passes and contractor cards at the Pass and Registration office and the visitors center. Defenders are now more equipped at detecting potential risks and safeguard against those possibilities.

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