Policing gets in your face
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.