Queensland Police Service Super Recogniser facial recognition network helps crack 1,000 cases

The Queensland Police Service’s (QPS) ‘Super Recogniser Network’ has marked two important milestones; identifying more than 1,000 offenders, as well as being deemed the most ‘accurate’ in the world.

‘Super Recognisers’ are the top one per cent of the population who are born with the innate ability to recognise and remember a face – even if they’ve only seen it once, years ago.

The average person can only remember a limited amount of the faces they encounter, whereas Super Recognisers have the exceptional ability to successfully recall and identify significantly more.

Super Recogniser Senior Sergeant Chris Tritton said the skill was first discovered through research into ‘Prosopagnosia’, or ‘Face Blindness’, which is a neurological disorder characterised by the inability to recognise faces, even your own family members.

“Through that work, researchers discovered the other end of the spectrum – people who have long-term memory and rarely forget the face of someone they’ve come into contact with,” Senior Sergeant Tritton said.

In 2019, the QPS moved to capitalise on this skill and asked its officers to partake in an online test.

Twenty QPS officers were found to possess the ability and formed the QPS ‘Super Recogniser Network’ – a first for Australian law enforcement.

“It’s a skill you’re born with. We would have arguments at home about who an actor was, I was always right!” Senior Sergeant Tritton said.

The officers, who come from a variety of policing areas like Water Police, Patrol Services and Criminal Investigation Branches, remain in their substantive positions but take time out of each shift to conduct identifications as part of the Network.

“When making an identification, initially you just get a gut feeling but then look for points of confirmation. Generally, it’s around the eyes and ears which tend to stay the same throughout our lives,” Senior Sergeant Tritton said.

To assist, the QPS developed specialised facial-recognition software called ‘QFACE’ which cross-checks the image of an offender with more than 10 million faces stored in the QPS database.

The software recommends up to 300 potential matches, with the Super Recognisers then going through to make the final identification.

Since its inception, the Network has helped to identify 1,005 offenders for crimes ranging from robberies, burglaries, sexual offences, domestic violence and unidentified vulnerable people.

The talented officers have even helped to crack cold cases and identify incapacitated road-trauma victims who were injured without identification.

Super Recognisers were integral during the COVID pandemic, identifying border breachers from surveillance footage, even when wearing masks.

In April last year, six members of the Network participated in an international facial comparison proficiency test involving 41 organisations and 106 individuals from the most established facial comparison labs across the world.

QPS Super Recognisers were found to be the most accurate in the world.

The QPS Super Recogniser Network will prove vital during the upcoming Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, identifying potential threats before a crime is committed and helping to ensure a safe event for all.

South Eastern Region Assistant Commissioner Brian Swan said the network was leading the way across Australian law enforcement.

“The Super Recogniser Network is taking fighting crime to the next level,” Assistant Commissioner Swan said.

“We are exceptionally proud of the work these officers are doing in using their unique skillsets to help crack cases across Queensland.

“Being recognised globally for their special skillset, is not only a testament to their talent but also to their dedication and commitment to solving crime and keeping our communities safe.”
-from QPS

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Posted on March 5, 2023, in facial recognition, Police, predictive programming, Queensland Politics and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Yet most of these juvenile car thieves wear a hoodie so they are one step ahead of this technology.


  2. Another “study” that proves Coppers are always right so they can keep on collecting for their mercantile courts; Let’s face reality here folks; The only thing most coppers recognise are the digits they see when they log into their bank accounts


  3. Keve mudskipper… I can tell you this from being a welfare officer. When most parents find out what their little darlings have been up to, they are mortified. They then act. The “system” has deliberately disarmed and emasculated parents and is destroying the kids. All those talking about stocks and cat-o-nine-tails know shit about what’s going on. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a bleeding heart. If I ever caught anybody trying to steal my sacred HZJ75 troopie, I would have them in the back in a second, take them to the deep bush, opposite to the wind, and ensure that spot became their grave, or where the pigs spread their bones. Never to be found.

    But on a macro basis, we need to eliminate the enemy who is destroying our next generations.


  4. kevmudskipper

    Funny how these useless Coppers cant recognise the thieving bastards faces on my video camera when I show them and that they have been to my place over ten times in the past twelve months pinching shit and they are well known to the Cops I had to do it myself and asked there father if there was any chance of you stopping your thieving kids from coming to my place and stealing shit and in front of me he said to his kids you stay away from this good mans house and touch wood the little bastards havent been back .Out of the ten times we rang the Cops they came twice and did f/all .

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  5. By all that is gosh golly, I am super-impressed. Now the police can obtain more work for prosecutors, lawyers, magistrates, judges, social workers and psychologists, then let the fuckers loose back into the community.

    This is like all these CCTV cameras; great for massive data collection and harassing law-abiding members of society for not wearing useless splash guards, but doing squat to protect the community.

    Oh well, I’ll look on the bright side. At least I now know what QPS stands for. Previously, I had guessed Queensland Parasites Society.

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