Super recognisers in the Metropolitan Police Service

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2171
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

It has been reported that the Metropolitan Police Service is actively recruiting people with the ability to remember faces they have barely seen before in order help identify criminals and keep tabs on offenders in large crowds. How many of these "super recognisers" has the Metropolitan Police Service recruited and how are they being deployed?

Answer

Answer for Super recognisers in the Metropolitan Police Service

Answer for Super recognisers in the Metropolitan Police Service

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are 140 officers and staff used as "super recognisers".

No one has been recruited specifically; the Super Recognisers are drawn from the MPS staff through making successful identifications or after testing facilitated by Greenwich University. 

The MPS are part of an EU funded project to develop an improved super recogniser test.

Super Recognisers are deployed in several ways:

       At major events to spot known offenders

       To identify offenders caught on CCTV

       To find suspects and victims on CCTV

Their systematic use has trebled the identification rate for CCTV.  

For the last two years, the MPS has identified 150 criminals per week