Published: Jan 28, 2011 12:06 AM EST
Updated: Jan 27, 2011 9:06 PM EST

CAPE CORAL- Cape Coral police got a state of the art crime fighting tool.

The new computer software will help combat crime faster.

The department used grant money to buy the new computer system.

The system is a database of shoe prints: 25,000 different shoe soles, patterns and brands.

Larry Stringham, Forensic Supervisor with Cape Coral police says, shoe prints are ike a fingerprint.

They can be unique.

"Over time those shoes become distinct to you," Stringham said.

Prior to this software, Cape police would have to send photographs or casts of a shoe print to a crime lab in Tampa.

It would take months to get results.

"Usually they are a two to two half months delayed in doing it because they are doing other work as well," Stringham said.

The wait slowed down investigations and could potentially hurt a case.

With this new software, Cape police are taking giant steps in solving crime in the city.

Instead of waiting months to get the results from the crime lab in Tampa, using their new computer system, Cape PD can now get their information almost instantaneously.

"It takes anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours to make a classification," Stringham said.

This means catching bad guys and solving crimes faster.

"The faster we get the turnaround the greater amount of arrests," Stringham said.

Cape police bought the new software with grant money.