Biometric Identification Unit
The BSO Biometric Identification Unit (BIU) is responsible for the positive identification of inmates, suspects, defendants and citizens through fingerprint analysis. The unit operates the MorphoTrak Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to identify inmates during the Central Intake booking, releasing and sexual / criminal registrant processes. The local AFIS is integrated with the State and National databases, increasing the number of positive identifications and incarceration accuracy. The unit also provides the Courts, State Attorney and Law Enforcement with the ability to accurately associate individuals with charges, crime scenes and records.
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Manager Biometric Unit (AFIS)
Patricia C. Funderburk started her career with the Broward Sheriff’s Office in 1998 as a Fingerprint Analyst. In 2002, she was promoted to Supervisor and in 2013 Mrs. Funderburk was promoted to Manager of the Biometric Unit.
Mrs. Funderburk is a graduate of St. John’s University with a BS in Criminal Justice, is a graduate of the 2011 Supervisor Leadership Academy, and a Certified Tenprint Examiner and has extensive training in Ridgeology and Facial Recognition. Throughout her career, Mrs. Funderburk has been a member in good standing of the International Association for Identification.
In 2015, Mrs. Funderburk led her unit to attain accreditation through ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, making BSO’s Biometric Unit the first Tenprint Unit in the Nation to meet the stringent requirements of international standard ISO/IEC 17020: 2012, while demonstrating technical competence in the field of Forensic Inspection.