Hyderabad cops rely on FRS to identify persons

The FRS is used by the Telangana Police to identify suspects by taking their photographs and comparing the same with the database of the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems.

By Author  |  Published: 13th Jun 2019  1:53 am
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A policeman takes a photograph of a person using his tablet to verify his credentials using FRS software. —Photo: Surya Sridhar

Hyderabad: Beat constables of the Hyderabad City Police are now equipped with the crucial Facial Recognition Software (FRS) that will help them identify suspects and possibly prevent crime on the spot. Blue Colts, patrol vehicles and crime teams who move around in their respective police station areas now use FRS to identify offenders, wanted persons and missing persons including children and women.

The FRS is used by the Telangana Police to identify suspects by taking their photographs and comparing the same with the database of the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS), which has lakhs of photographs of criminals, missing persons and wanted persons.

“The FRS is integrated with the TSCOP application and fed in the tablets provided to the police personnel including patrol vehicle constables. Whenever they find a person moving under suspicious circumstances, the policemen stop them and take their picture. If the image has a 70 to 80 per cent match with any picture stored in the FRS data, the police will question them and investigate further,” Charminar ACP B Anjaiah said. On an average a policeman take pictures of around 10 persons who move around suspiciously on the markets and residential colonies every day.

“If the percentage of the match is above 80 per cent, the policemen go ahead and also check fingerprints to see if it matches the database,” the official said.

Falaknuma Inspector K Srinivasa Rao said that in sensitive parts of the old city, people often get annoyed when put to many questions during frisking or vehicle checking operations.

“Keeping in tune with the policing here, we use the FRS to identify the person. At times we take photographs from a distance without the people noticing it. Later, if we find the person/persons suspicious, then we go ahead and verify their phone numbers and call details,” said the Inspector.

The police are using FRS not only for identifying criminals but also to reunite missing persons, especially children, with their families.

Cyberabad Police register highest cases

The Cyberabad Police registered the highest number of missing cases with 116 cases reported within a span of 10 days between June 1 and 10 in the State, followed by Hyderabad with 100 missing cases and Rachakonda with 87. About half of these cases were already solved with the persons being traced.

Bhupalapally (Jayashankar), Kumarambheem (Asifabad) and Mulugu stood least with one case each being reported.

According to the data available with the State Police, a total of 540 persons were reported missing between June 1 and 10 across the State. Of them, while 222 were traced, efforts were on to trace others, officials said.