A former banker, Lumm said fingerprinting gives him something to do in retirement.
“It gets me out of the house,” he said Thursday at the barrack. “I get to meet a lot of people and hold hands with good-looking girls.”
But that all will change Monday, when troopers plan to discontinue fingerprinting with paper and ink in favor of a modern electronic system.
“I hope the state police will get (an electronic reader) because I’d still like to do this,” Lumm said. “It’s a nice service for people because everybody needs it.”
Lumm doesn’t fingerprint criminal suspects, but people who need background checks for jobs in day care and similar fields. He said he also has fingerprinted people who wanted to adopt children, or obtain gun permits or liquor licenses.
On busy days, up to two dozen people would come to the state police barrack, pay the $5 fee and get fingerprinted, Lumm said.
He said it would be a shame if the state stopped providing the service.
Maryland State Police 1st Sgt. Kevin Lewis said he believed the barrack was in line to get an electronic-fingerprinting machine in the next several months.
He said the FBI is making local and state law-enforcement agencies change from paper-fingerprinting cards to the electronic system.
“They’re not going to be accepting paper cards anymore,” Lewis said. “It saves man-hours because someone doesn’t have to read the cards ... It speeds up the process and makes it more efficient.”
He said the troopers at the barrack would miss Lumm’s fingerprinting service and hope he can continue as a volunteer.
“Mr. Lumm has saved hundreds and hundreds — probably thousands of man-hours to free a sworn trooper from having to do this,” Lewis said.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Hagerstown Police Department also plan to end their paper-fingerprinting services to the public under the FBI mandate.
Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said his office will discontinue its public fingerprinting program April 6.
Mullendore said the sheriff’s office has two electronic-fingerprinting machines and intends to buy two more. One of the new units will be a replacement, giving the office a total of three when the new machines arrive, he said.
Among other things, the electronic units will be used to fingerprint subjects at the Washington County Central Booking facility and for court-ordered fingerprinting at Washington County Circuit Court, Mullendore said.
The two new machines will cost about $40,000, he said. The sheriff’s office won’t use those units to service the public because the $5 fingerprinting fee won’t offset the cost.
“We’ll never be able to recoup those funds,” he said.