The benefits of AFR

By combining cutting edge technology and a skilled workforce we are now able to bring offenders to justice quicker than ever. The technology has an important role to play in helping us protect the most vulnerable in our communities.

Faster identification of offenders.

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Quicker identification of offenders improves the quality of the investigation.

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Frees up resources to allow us to understand and respond to the needs of the community.

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Balancing Privacy & Security

South Wales Police were the first UK police force to make an arrest as a result of a live deployment of the technology.

South Wales Police are very much aware of the need for transparency when trialling any new technology to ensure that our communities understand and ultimately support its use.

To ensure the use of Facial Recognition technology is both proportionate and necessary, we have developed a robust internal governance structure to challenge use of the technology. South Wales Police is also party to a wider national governance which further scrutinises its use.

We are very much aware of just because technology allows us to do something this doesn't mean that we automatically should use it without having the appropriate checks and balances in place.

Further community engagement is constantly being sought and we are continuing to understand how the technology may affect all aspects of our community.

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The use of facial recognition has been discussed at South Wales Police Independent Ethics Committee meetings.

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The use of facial recognition has been discussed at South Wales Police Independent Ethics Committee meetings.

"Just because a particular technology exists, it doesn't mean we will use it"

Scott Lloyd, Police Inspector

5 Ethics Meetings

Since January 2017 the use of Facial Recognition technology has been considered at five Independent Ethics Committee meetings.

The Future

We are currently working towards integrating Facial Recognition into iPatrol which is South Wales Police bespoke mobile crime and intelligence application accessible to all officers.

South Wales Police are currently working on delivering Facial Recognition to all its officers via a smart phone application.

The Automated Facial Recognition would allow officers to capture an image of a person that may encounter and compare this image against our custody and vulnerability database.

Use of the application will be governed by standard operating procedures and be subject to similar scrutiny as delivered across the other aspects of the technology..

“AFR lets us spend more time on keeping communities safe.”

Richard Lewis, Deputy Chief Constable

We continue to learn from each Facial Recognition deployment

Lessons learnt are captured post deployment which assist and allow us to continue to refine and improve with each deployment...

Unconscious Bias

We are currently working towards how the technology and in particular the AFR mobile app can be used to protect the most vulnerable with particular focus on missing persons.

Protecting the most vulnerable

We are currently working towards how the technology can be used to help protect the most vulnerable persons in our community.

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