No arrests made in Stratford facial recognition trial

The trial took place around Stratford station. Picture: Ken Mears

The trial took place around Stratford station. Picture: Ken Mears - Credit: Archant

A police facial recognition trial in Stratford failed to result in any arrests.

The technology, designed to identify people wanted for violence-related offences, was tested in the area around the station on Thursday, June 28 along with a knife arch operation.

Two people were arrested as part of the latter scheme, with two large knives seized.

Det Supt Bernie Galopin, who is leading the facial recognition project, said: “There were no arrests from the use of live facial recognition, but this deployment formed an important part of ongoing trials of the technology and a full review of its use will take place once the trials have been completed.”

The technology was used overtly, with information leaflets handed out and posters placed in the area.

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It is being tested in a range of environments, including sports events and crowded public spaces, throughout the year.

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