Live facial recognition technology trial in Romford (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6100
Question By: 
Sian Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Regarding the Metropolitan Police Service's two-day trial deployment of live facial recognition technology in Romford town centre in January 2019, how many people were: a) stopped by police officers for actively avoiding or refusing to be scanned, b) positively matched, and c) arrested or had other action taken against them from each of the groups in parts a) and b)?

Answer

Live facial recognition technology trial in Romford (2)

Live facial recognition technology trial in Romford (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No-one was stopped for avoiding or refusing to be scanned. Refusing to be viewed by the cameras on its own is not grounds to stop someone.

In total there were eight engagements with three confirmed positive matches. There were three arrests.