Three arrested in Live Facial Recognition operation in central London
As part of ongoing work to tackle violent crime in Westminster, two men and one woman were arrested on Thursday, 7 July, as a result of the Met’s deployment of Live Facial Recognition (LFR) technology.
Those arrested are:
[A] A 28-year-old man arrested for being wanted on a warrant for assault on an emergency worker. He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Friday, 8 July.
[B] A 23-year-old woman arrested for being wanted for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. She has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Harrow Crown Court on Friday, 8 July.
[C] A 29-year-old man arrested for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, possession of Class A drugs and failures to appear at court. He has been remanded in police custody to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Friday, 8 July.
The deployment was part of a longer term operation in the area to tackle serious and violent crime.
We also undertook testing of our LFR algorithms with the National Physical Laboratory alongside the deployment. This will help us understand more about its accuracy, and any bias shown when deployed in a realistic operational policing environment. It will help inform how we continue to use facial technology legally and fairly.
The deployment was clearly signposted and local neighbourhood officers engaged with the public to explain the technology and hand out leaflets.
Detective Chief Superintendent Owain Richards, from the Central West Basic Command Unit, which covers Westminster, said: “Our use of Live Facial Recognition technology has directly helped us to arrest three wanted individuals and officers have been able to successfully remove them from our streets.
“It is a fantastic result from the deployment and it links to one of the Met’s top priorities of tackling serious violent crime.
“This innovative technology, alongside our officers, enables us to find people that pose a serious risk to our community so that we can keep the people of London safe.”