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Police trial facial recognition technology to catch violent criminals in Stratford

PUBLISHED: 11:05 28 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:05 28 June 2018

The technology will be used in Stratford Picture: Ken Mears

The technology will be used in Stratford Picture: Ken Mears

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Police will be using facial recognition technology in Stratford today in an effort to crack down on crime.

Police will be using the technology to try and identify known individuals who are wanted for violent crime.

If the technology generates an alert to say there’s a match, officers will review it and further checks carried out to identify the individual.

Detective Superintendent Bernie Galopin said: “We are using the technology in Stratford to help to reduce violent crime and make the area safer by targeting individuals wanted for violence related offences.

“The camera will scan faces of people as they pass by and alert police officers of potential matches of specific individuals.

“The deployment of these cameras and targeting of individuals will be intelligence-led and temporary. Only images that come up as a match to a targeted individual will be retained for a limited period. The use of facial recognition technology aims to support standard policing activity to ensure everyone’s safety.”

The technology will be trialled at a number of events this year and will be evaluated at the end of 2018.

Police chose Stratford for today’s location as it is an area where violent crime is prevalent. The technology has previously been used at two Notting Hill Carnivals and the 2017 Remembrance Sunday service, to help police in spotting known offenders at large events.

It was also used for the first time by Humberside Police at a port earlier in June.

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