New tool to help TS Police nail criminals

The facility will allow IOs to identify potential offenders by comparing person’s face with several lakhs of digital photographs stored in the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS)

By   |  Published: 3rd Aug 2018  1:11 amUpdated: 3rd Aug 2018  1:15 am
DGP M Mahender Reddy releasing a poster on Facial Recognition System integrated with TSCOP on Thursday.

Hyderabad: The Telangana State Police has become the first police force in the country to leverage the potential of facial recognition technology, that too by bringing it to the fingertips of its officers by incorporating it in the award-winning TSCOP mobile application.

The Facial Recognition System (FRS), Director-General of Police M. Mahender Reddy said here on Thursday, will aid investigating officers (IOs) in identifying criminals and suspects across the State in real time and at lightning speed.

The facility will allow IOs to identify potential offenders by comparing person’s face with several lakhs of digital photographs stored in the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS), Reddy told the media.

Explaining in detail about integration and use of FRS, he said when the person’s face, directly or via a photograph, was fed into the system, it would be compared with those in the central database.

Matching photographs would be ranked in descending order in just a few seconds. The system would be about 90 per cent accurate, the DGP said.

The IOs can then carry out manual comparison of matched photos and proceed for further confirmation using other information for taking appropriate action related to the case, he said.
The photographs of persons that do not match with the central database would automatically be discarded and will not be shared anywhere in the system. The central database includes photographs of offenders, missing persons and wanted criminals apart from photographs of arrested offenders published in the media.

According to the DGP, the FRS was now an integral feature of the TSCOP app to assist IOs to deliver efficient services to citizens and improve responsiveness.

“The FRS gives only a clue which should also tally with other information related to the crime scene,” he said, adding that however FRS could not be considered as evidence in the court but it was a suspect enquiry mechanism for a thorough probe into the case.
Training will be provided to IOs on how to use the system effectively for detection of crimes, he added.