Facial recognition software

MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What processes does the Metropolitan Police Service have in place to run images captured via Automatic Number Place Recognition Cameras through its facial recognition software?


Answer for Facial recognition software

Answer for Facial recognition software

Answered By: 
The Mayor

ANPR cameras primarily capture an image of a number plate, which is then converted into a digital "read". Whilst many ANPR cameras within the MPS capture images of vehicles, these images are for vehicle identification purposes/data verification and not for identification of occupants.

There is no system in the MPS that allows ANPR images to be sent directly to facial recognition systems.

The MPS ANPR Bureau is not aware of any occasion when an ANPR image has been used in conjunction with facial recognition systems.