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The worldwide search for super-recognisers in the police, security and the general public

The worldwide search for super-recognisers in the police, security and the general public

Davis, Josh P. ORCID: 0000-0003-0017-7159 (2019) The worldwide search for super-recognisers in the police, security and the general public. In: Unfamiliar Facial Identification Group Conference, 7-8 February, 2019, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

The primary case evidence in most of the 5,000 convicted London 2011 rioters was identification from CCTV by London’s Metropolitan Police Service (MET) police officers. A third were identified by MET ‘super-recognisers’, some of whom had previously been found to possess exceptional face recognition abilities. Subsequently, the MET established a full time "Super-Recogniser Unit" leading to 1,000s of suspect identifications per annum. This presentation will describe some of the science behind super-recognition, the tests used to identify police super-recognisers, and the results of tests for members of the public, one of which has been taken by over 6 million participants. Other worldwide police forces and businesses have since instituted their own super-recogniser teams to enhance their operations when correct identification is a priority.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Keynote)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Super-recognisers, police, face recognition
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Applied Psychology Research Group
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2020 16:27
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26437

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