There is a misperception that face recognition algorithms do not work on persons of color, or are otherwise inaccurate in general. This is not true. The truth is that across a wide range of applications, modern face recognition algorithms achieve remarkably high accuracy on all races, and accuracy continues to improve at an exponential rate.
Law enforcement primarily uses face recognition as a post-incident forensic tool to enable detectives and analysts to generate investigative leads in violent and harmful crimes. In this article we explain how forensic face recognition works, and how it is used by law enforcement in this country.
The use of automated face recognition in law enforcement is one of the most powerful tools available in today’s law enforcement investigations, and delivers substantial benefits to society without any documented cases of law enforcement misuse.