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Helping the police with their inquiries
Author(s): Anthony J.G. Kitson
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Paper Abstract

The UK Home Office has held a long term interest in facial recognition. Work has concentrated upon providing the UK police with facilities to improve the use that can be made of the memory of victims and witnesses rather than automatically matching images. During the 1970s a psychological coding scheme and a search method were developed by Aberdeen University and Home Office. This has been incorporated into systems for searching prisoner photographs both experimentally and operationally. The coding scheme has also been incorporated in a facial likeness composition system. The Home Office is currenly implementing a national criminal record system (Phoenix) and work has been conducted to define and demonstrate standards for image enabled terminals for this application. Users have been consulted to establish suitable picture quality for the purpose, and a study of compression methods is in hand. Recently there has been increased use made by UK courts of expert testimony based upon the measurement of facial images. We are currently working with a group of practitioners to examine and improve the quality of such evidence and to develop a national standard.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1995
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2567, Investigative and Trial Image Processing, (1 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.218481
Show Author Affiliations
Anthony J.G. Kitson, Police Systems Research and Development Group (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2567:
Investigative and Trial Image Processing
Leonid I. Rudin; Simon K. Bramble, Editor(s)

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