Facial Recognition Scanners Could Help Police Identify Suspects

7 years 9 months 1 hour ago Friday, May 18 2012 May 18, 2012 Friday, May 18, 2012 3:19:00 PM CDT May 18, 2012 in News
By: Alle Pawelski

JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Council will vote Monday whether to approve a measure to allow for the purchase of facial recognition scanners for police. This new form of technology would allow police to be able to positively identify criminals more accurately.

The Cole County Sheriff's Department receIved a federal grant allowing it to purchase facial scan technology for multiple jurisdictions.  With the new technology, officers would be able to input digital data into the database to verify the identity and search criminal records of individuals.

"You take a photo on your digital camera, you put it into your mobil data terminal and from that from the secured connectivity run it against the database real time on the street to get positive identification on who he really is." says Sheriff Greg White.

The system analyzes about 130 distinguishing points on the face, such as the distance between a person's eye and nose and an individual's bone structure.

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