KUALA LUMPUR: Police are studying facial recognition technology as a tool in the nationwide fight against crime, says Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
The Inspector-General of Police said that facial recognition would be one of the upgrades the police are considering for its arsenal.
"We are looking at this, just like what was rolled out in Penang recently.Our research and development team is studying the proposal.
"The technology will aid us especially in combating crime," he said after witnessing the handing over of duties ceremony of the Bukit Aman Management Department deputy director (training) between Comm Datuk T. Narenasagaran and Deputy Comm Datuk Nerita Yaacob.
Comm Narenasagaran is taking over as the Penang police chief from Comm Datuk A. Thaiveegan who is retiring on Wednesday (Jan 16).
It was reported that many of the 767 CCTV cameras on Penang Island are now equipped with the facial recognition technology featuring artificial intelligence (AI) by IBM.
Upon detecting a face resembling those on the police wanted list, the high-definition imaging captured by the cameras and seen at the 24-hour CCTV Control Room in Komtar will instantly alert the police.
The central command centre (CCC) at the Penang police headquarters will then send its officers to check out the suspect at the scene.
The camera will track the suspect on the move until the police arrive.
Mohamad Fuzi also said he had already listed out a number of things that needed to be looked at by both Comm Narenasagaran and Deputy Comm Nerita.
"In Penang, the focus should be on reducing crime especially gambling, gangsterism, extortion and corruption.
"On the training aspect, we are looking at collaborating with Nottingham University on training courses which are in line with our goal for world-class policing," he said.
He added that those were some of the goals he had set for both officers, and it was now up to them to deliver.