Police Identification Cards and their Role
July 25, 2018
The sensitive nature of government Identification cards requires a very high level of security to make sure they are foolproof. Setting up an ID system in the Police department requires easy to access and use cards, with measures in place to secure the system that you use for printing such that no one else can access it.
The ID cards are used in various ways that include publicly identifying officers and law enforcement agents, controlling the access to facilities that are only meant to be accessible to law enforcement officers and to control access to data and computer networks.
The ID card, therefore, is as important as the person who is having it, and it serves the same purpose as the uniform that the officer dons. The card allows fellow officers and the public to quickly identify the officers and thus instill a sense of trust and security.
What Information Should the Card Hold?
The card should hold various kinds of information that identify the officer, these include:
- The full names of the officer and the designation.
- The photo of the officer in uniform.
- The signature of the holder.
- The name of the government entity or the enforcement agency the officer represents.
- An identifying barcode or a thumbprint.
- The date of employment and issuance of the card.
- Contact information to make the card valid.
This information needs to be set out in a design that allows for easy visibility of the information. The letters need to be large and visible so that the person doesn’t have to strain to read whatever is printed on it.
Control Access to Secure Facilities
The advances in technology make sure the public service badges provide more than just visual identification. With the use of access control systems and proximity cards, then you can control the accessibility of the cardholder to various departments.
For instance, you can have all cardholders access the main area of the building, while the access to the internal areas of the building might be restricted to only those that have a certain color code on the card.
You can also use the cards to offer access restriction at certain times so that those with specific colors and barcodes can get into sensitive areas at a certain time. Controlling the access to government buildings is the first step towards protecting those who work in these buildings and the public.
The data in the barcodes (if included in the design) can also be used to authenticate the holder of the card. The data can be scanned to verify the legitimacy of the holder.
For a law enforcement agency, security is topmost. It is critical that the IDs are tamperproof and won’t be duplicated at any time. You can use fingerprints and specific card design to make the card more secure.
You need to make sure you have the right cards for law enforcement officers so that you enhance the service delivery and security of the employees.