Technology adds a new twist to age-old law enforcement tradition of booking photos

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Changing technology is changing the way police do business.

With more police work being done from the cruiser, New Hampshire State Police and other police departments have found a way to save time by processing some lawbreakers out in the field, complete with roadside booking photos.

Photographing criminals is a practice that dates back to the 1800s, but gone are the days of mug shots that could only be taken in a booking room.

“It’s advantageous to both police and those in custody to be released as quickly as possible and roadside processing allows for that,” State Police Capt. Chris Vetter said.

“It’s a discretionary convenience option for the officer so long as positive ID has been obtained, the offender is not a flight risk, bail is not required and it’s a minor offense,” Hampstead police Lt. John Frazier said.

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