Abstract Reliable criminal suspects’ recognition is an important problem in the criminal investigation process. Biometrics recognition is becoming an irreplaceable part of many identification systems. While successful in some niche markets, the biometrics technology has not yet delivered its promise of full proof automatic crime suspects’ recognition, especially in a developing country like Nigeria. A software application for handling police investigation systems using a biometric approach was designed. The software is implemented completely as a desktop application and incorporated with Microsoft access database technology. Management of suspect identity, records and automatic intelligent backups and recovery procedure of data is an important problem in the police investigation process. Biometric recognition is increasingly been used as an irreplaceable part of many identification systems. This paper deals with the design and development of a computer-based police investigation system using fingerprint in order to provide high performance with high security to the investigation system, also we use Windows technology to make the investigation system more practical. The study proposes and implements a biometrics-based crime investigation system for the Nigerian Police Force. The software was designed using Visual BASIC programming language.