Read Kathleen Walch’s article about how law enforcement is using AI.
Increasingly law enforcement has turned to artificial intelligence to augment their officers and agencies. AI is said to be an essential factor in law enforcement because it can assist in many areas as well as enhance efficiency. AI technologies is keeping a watchful eye on crowd control and surveillance, being increasingly used for facial identification, and scanning video footage for anomalies. If the primary goal of law enforcement is to help deter and solve crimes while providing society an element of safety and assurance, then there are many ways in which AI can be applied to realize those goals.
Increased use of facial recognition and image enhancement technology
Facial recognition has received widespread application to assist in the identification of criminals in public spaces and crowds. For instance, Chinese officers succeeded in arresting a person from a sea of people inside a stadium, which without AI technology would have been nearly impossible to spot this person. China has installed numerous cameras in public spaces, which helps the police monitor citizens, catch citizens committing petty crimes such as jaywalking and helping identify criminals and arrest them. Some cities like London have experimented with the use of AI in railway stations to help in increasing surveillance, and maybe more nations will come up with the same for better law enforcement.
Facial recognition technology is also being used to help identify and find missing persons. According to NCIC Missing Person and Unidentified Person Statistics, there were over 88,000 people missing in the US alone in 2017. Facial recognition technologies allows law enforcement to scan public places such as stadiums or airports to spot missing persons or identify suspected human trafficking operations.
However, the use of AI in law enforcement is seeing significant push back.
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