Most law enforcement agencies wish they could have more patrol officers. After all, more officers typically means less crime and safer patrols. While adding headcount is often easier said than done, fortunately one technology that acts as a force multiplier for the officers you do have: mobile face recognition.
How Face Recognition for Police Works
Patrol officers use mobile apps to instantly identify suspects in the field. From a safe distance, officers can snap a photograph of a suspect with their mobile phones. In just seconds, the photo can be matched against a database of known criminals, individuals with warrants out for their arrest, suspected terrorists and more. If there is a match, officers are notified instantly.
The ROI of Face Recognition for Police, Sheriffs and other Law Enforcement Agencies
So just how much time can face recognition save your department? While the number varies depending on the jurisdiction, many departments tell us that their officers spend at least 10% of their time verifying identification, especially for individuals that don’t want to be identified (those without any ID or fake IDs, people who give false names, non-English speakers, or those who are unconscious or inebriated, just to name a few).
Face recognition virtually eliminates all that wasted time. So long as an individual is in a database, FaceFirst confirms or surfaces their true identity in seconds.
All told, that adds up to:
· 200 extra patrol hours a year per officer, or an average of $7,700 in salary
· 100,000 additional patrol hours for a department of 500 officers
· The equivalent of $7,700 in salary savings per officer, or $3.85 million for a department of 500
FaceFirst offers a better return on investment than any other single law enforcement technology.
The Top Benefits of Face Recognition
Face recognition offers a series of benefits that improve officers’ productivity and safety. Some of the benefits of facial recognition systems include:
Facial recognition is able to instantly and accurately establish suspects’ identity , saving hours of time each week across an entire department of patrol officers.
Face recognition surfaces outstanding warrants, prior arrest history and much more actionable intelligence to provide patrol officers with instant alerts that help them make more informed decisions in the field.
Shared Local, State and Federal Data
With face recognition, officers can benefit from access to criminal intelligence data from surrounding local, state and federal departments.
Officers can use their mobile phones to establish the identity of suspects from a safe distance. This added layer of protection reduces the chances of officers getting injured in the field.
Officers can use face recognition to quickly identify dangerous criminals. And with the extra time they get, they can spend more time in the field keeping communities safer.
Minimized False Arrests
Face recognition makes it virtually impossible for criminals to implicate innocent people. By minimizing false arrests due to mistaken identity, departments can avoid costly and embarrassing legal battles.
If you’re interested in learning more about how face recognition can help secure your department, the following video shows how dozens of departments are using face recognition.