Polic­ing gets in your face

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - THOMAS CHAMBERLIN

QUEENS­LAND Po­lice will set up a fa­cial recog­ni­tion unit that could rev­o­lu­tionise crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions and in­crease the rate of ar­rests.

Prepa­ra­tions are un­der way to form a spe­cial­ist unit af­ter po­lice use the tech­nol­ogy at the Com­mon­wealth Games.

The sys­tem could speed up the process of catch­ing crooks, find­ing miss­ing peo­ple or creat­ing leads by link­ing with na­tional data­bases such as driver’s li­cences.

The Pho­to­graphic and Elec­tronic Record­ing Sec­tion has 35 sworn and unsworn staff and al­ready uses state-of-the- art tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing drones, in­ter­ac­tive crime scenes and 3D print­ing.

In­spec­tor Phil Stevens said staff were con­duct­ing ba­sic fa­cial recog­ni­tion train­ing with the Aus­tralian Bor­der Force and Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice in prepa­ra­tion for the Com­mon­wealth Games.

Po­lice are work­ing towards em­ploy­ing two sys­tems for the Games us­ing na­tional data­bases.

“We call it the hy­brid so­lu­tion. It’s been pro­vided by the Aus­tralian Crime and In­tel­li­gence Com­mis­sion,” Insp Stevens said.

“Part of that will be lo­cal im­ages, and im­ages from other ju­ris­dic­tions that we need to put in a watch list. We’re also hop­ing to have an­other data­base where we can ac­cess the driver’s li­cences, pass­ports.”

One sys­tem used at the Games could put peo­ple such as is­sue-mo­ti­vated groups on watch lists.

The groups would not have to be crim­i­nal or vi­o­lent.

“It’s not all about CT (counter ter­ror­ism),” Insp Stevens said.

“It’s about mo­ti­vated groups who want to af­fect the good con­duct of the Games.”

The fa­cial recog­ni­tion sys­tem could also be used to lo­cate miss­ing peo­ple, or even young chil­dren who be­come lost at the Com­mon­wealth Games.

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