By: Jesse Davis West April 13, 2018

Since the U.S. was founded, sheriffs have been protecting entire counties by maintaining law and order, overseeing county jails, upholding the court system and enforcing civil processes. It’s a dangerous job. While the spirit of the job has remained constant, new threats and challenges are always on the horizon.  Fortunately, breakthrough face recognition technology is now revolutionizing the way law enforcement can meet these challenges.  

We just onboarded a new department this week with our mobile face recognition platform, and the results are amazing. Why is face recognition such a game-changer for sheriff’s departments? Here are the top three reasons. 

Instantly Identify Suspects in the Field 

Identifying suspects in the field can present challenges. Sometimes suspects speak a different language, making communication difficult. Other times, individuals use fake IDs or claim to have no ID at all. In these scenarios, law enforcement professionals are presented with an inconvenient choice: either spend time (potentially hours) manually identifying the suspect or, because of competing calls and other urgent demands, let them go free.  

However, thanks to face recognition, identifying a suspect in the field is a simple as snapping a picture of a suspect (from a safe distance) using a mobile device. FaceFirst’s iOS and Android apps can match the photo against thousands of photographs in a database in a matter of seconds. As a result, deputies can identify suspects virtually instantly, complete with actionable information such as outstanding warrants.  

Another way that face recognition can help officers is by identifying individuals with known mental illnesses. Often, these individuals are assumed to be criminals, but by using face recognition, officers using FaceFirst have been able to help them find the proper care environment.  

Aid Forensic Investigations 

When investigating crimes, sheriffs and deputies sometimes encounter individuals who are deceased or unconscious and don’t have ID on them. Identifying these individuals usually requires a long, drawn-out process and extends the length of investigations. But face recognition can aid investigations by identifying cadavers or people who are unconscious, greatly expediting investigations. 

Protect Jails 

Face recognition can be used in prisons and jails for surveillance and access control applications. With face recognition, sheriffs can ensure that everyone in sensitive areas are authorized to be there. Likewise, sheriffs, deputies and prison staff can receive instant alerts when prisoners are somewhere they shouldn’t be. Face recognition can therefore be used to ensure that county jails are being run smoothly. 

For these reasons and more, sheriff’s departments and police departments have been investing in facial recognition solutions. If you think face recognition could help your sheriff’s department, please reach out to the FaceFirst team today.