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Tattoos have led to numerous convictions over the years after good old fashion police work. Today, police have the capabilities do it faster through Tattoo-ID, a tattoos database created by a Michigan State University professor Anil Jain.

Anil Jain is a distinguished professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University.

Jain’s database is said to include more than 100,000 images of tattoos, many of which were provided by Michigan State Police who has used the database to help with their work.

The database was created in 2009 at Michigan State University with a grant from the FBI. Today the tool is licensed it to MorphoTrak, a biometric company with headquarters in Anaheim, Calif., that sells access to it to police across the U.S. and Canada.

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