While American cops have been accelerating the use of facial recognition technology over the last year, the Calgary Police Department has become the first law enforcement agency in Canada to implement it.
Calgary police officials told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) on Tuesday that the new facial recognition software, made by NEC, will allow officers to take photos and video stills from the field and compare them at lightning speed against its database of 300,000 mug shots.
“This technology will not be used to identify people walking down the street as a member of the general public,” Inspector Rosemary Hawkins told the CBC. “It will be used to identify subjects involved in criminal activity under police investigation and the image searched against our mugshot database, which holds photos of people that have been processed on charges.”
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