Facial recognition technology is being used throughout the United States to help police solve crimes. The electronic surveillance system uses facial recognition software by checking images captured by CCTV cameras in real-time against offender databases. Increasingly, police departments across the country are using facial recognition programs to solve crimes, tapping into hundreds of hours of CCTV footage to identify crime suspects.
Identifies Crime in Progress Suspects in Real Time
For example, in a small town in Maryland, police used a facial recognition program to identify and apprehend a robbery suspect while the crime was in progress. The suspect’s image was an Instagram photo. It was fed into the state’s facial recognition system and a match was made. The robbery suspect’s driver’s license photo matched the Instagram photo, and within minutes, law enforcement had a name and address for the suspect.
Cities Have Their Own Cameras
The prevalence of smartphones with video capabilities, the SMART connections in homes, and video cameras in private homes and public streets provide constant surveillance. Some cities, like New York City and Washington, D.C., have their own cameras that feed into surveillance systems and connect with the facial recognition programs. The database is already loaded with pictures and identifying information for all registered drivers – whether permitted or licensed vehicle operators. Individuals with prior arrests and convictions are also included in state databases.
Digital Evidence can be Used Against a Suspect in Court
Since these devices capture all activities, now more than ever, crime scenes are full of digital evidence of conversations and actions recorded. It is not uncommon to see a sign in front of a home warning people that the home is under video and audio surveillance. Although the use of these technologies raises all kinds of privacy concerns, the benefit to law enforcement is difficult to discount if a crime is in progress or the identity of the suspect is unknown to investigators.
If You Have Been Arrested in Georgia, Call Lavonia Criminal Defense Attorney Justin Berelc
Not all arrests require an arrest warrant. Expect to be arrested immediately if the suspected crimes involve domestic violence, a crime in progress, and DWI or DUI. A police officer’s observations of a crime in process are enough to establish probable cause and enable the arrest.
The Lavonia Criminal Defense Attorney Justin Berlec is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a consultation. Call us at (706) 356-0518 or contact us on the web to start legal representation today. Our legal practice area includes car accidents, personal injury, workers’ compensation, family law, and probate.
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