Panel to examine UK police facial recognition system
30 November 2015 11:01 GMT

A panel of academic and public sector experts are set to study a potential deployment of facial recognition technology by Leicestershire Police.

The study will form part of the new ethics committee’s duties.

Last month, senior police officials described the tech as significant a breakthrough for policing as the development of fingerprinting a century ago and, more recently, DNA coding.

Speaking to the Leicester Mercury, Leicestershire's Chief Constable Simon Cole said the tech - a portable NeoFace surveillance solution made by NEC Corporation - could identify wanted criminals almost instantly. 

Cole said the decision to experiment with the technology at the Download festival in June was correct, and predicted its use would spread among police forces and private companies.

The system can scan suspects caught on CCTV, officers body-worn cameras or other visual recordings. It cross-references suspects' faces with a database of more than 90,000 people who have passed through its custody suites in the past few years. 

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