Facial recognition technology a tap away for WFPD

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Wichita Falls City Council approved spending $59,000 in grant money for a facial recognition program for two years for the WFPD.

WFPD received the grant from the Office of the Governor, Homeland Security Program last week.

The money will be used to buy an app from a facial recognition company, Vigilant Solutions.

Using the app on their phones, officers will be able to take photos of suspects or of surveillance video and those photos will go to the cloud to compare it with thousands of suspects in WFPD's system.

Police Chief Manuel Borrego said it will help identify uncooperative suspects or suspects that give false identities.

"We feel it's going to be very important and very advantageous to our officers on the street and detectives as they try to clear some of these cases."

Chief Borrego said they still need to buy camera systems that will enhance the project.

WFPD will receive training from Vigilant Solutions before they begin to use the system Borrego said.

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