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SALISBURY, Md.- New facial composite software that the Salisbury Police Department recently acquired makes the days of sketch artists a thing of the past.

Thousands of different options are available for building a face in the software.  From chins, to facial hair, to eye shape.  The software allows someone to identify nearly every detail of a person's face they can remember.

"The whole purpose of using a composite drawing for investigations is to get the public's assistance in getting tips phoned in or contact with the police department to assist in developing leads in an investigation," said Capt. Scott Kolb of the Salisbury Police.

The software is called "FACES" and while the department got the technology in March, officers have not used it just yet.

"You want to use this technology towards the very end of your investigation when all your leads are exhausted.  You want to use your traditional law enforcement methods in attempting to identify the offender involved in these crimes," said Kolb.

The technology really shines by allowing someone to choose those various options for facial features rather than requiring a person to recall everything from memory.

"When they see things, they have different perceptions on descriptions.  What I consider to be a narrow face, you could consider to be a long face.  And what helps is we have a book with this program or the software, it allows the person you're working with to see that image and pick the one that best describes the person they recalled seeing," said Kolb.

Salisbury Police officials believe that "FACES" will be able to help crack some cases in the near future.

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