Utilization of Facial Recognition Software by Law Enforcement




Lindsey, Ronald K.

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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)


Law enforcement agencies are on technology overload. As emerging facial recognition technology enters the forefront, law enforcement struggles to keep up. Public perception, expectations, and agency missions drive administrators to constantly seek new and improved ways to fight crime and locate critically missing persons. Technological advances in video recording systems are skyrocketing and are readily available to a growing number of individuals. Video evidence systems were limited to private businesses trying to protect their property. Now some residences and individuals are utilizing video recording capabilities. This means law enforcement will potentially receive more video evidence of criminal activity with a desire to identify suspects. This makes facial recognition another tool that law enforcement will seek to assist in that identification. Administrators may be cautious to consider its use if the perception of the public is against it or it is illegal. Using facial recognition software to increase perception of public safety, operated within strict ethical guidelines, with accountability, and transparency is an invaluable tool. Law Enforcement agencies should utilize facial recognition software.



Human Face Recognition (Computer Science), Biometric Identification