Face recognition technology

The government has written to police chiefs to encourage them to double the number of searches they make using retrospective facial recognition technology recognition technology, cutting crime and freeing up police time, meaning more officers can be out on the beat. 

  • AI technology is a powerful tool for good, with huge opportunities to advance policing and cut crime. 
  • That is why the policing minister has written to police chiefs to encourage them to double the number of searches they making using retrospective facial recognition technology to track down known offenders by May 2024. 
  • This technology will help police identify those wanted for serious crimes as well as missing people, freeing up police time and resources, meaning more officers can be out on the beat, engaging with communities and carrying out complex investigations. 

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