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Michigan State Police: Face Recognition

Back of man's head looking at computer monitor displaying face recognition software matching an image of a man's face
An Arizona Department of Transportation employee uses NEC face recognition software.
Credit: Arizona Department of Transportation
Agency Michigan State Police
Location Dimondale, MI
Technology Face Recognition
Vendor

The Michigan State Police runs the Statewide Network of Agency Photos (SNAP), a database of 4-million mug shots and 41-million driver’s license and ID photos from the Michigan Department of State. Officers can run searches from a desktop computer or a mobile device. The FBI can also request face recognition searches of at least 35.6 million driver’s license and ID photos.

More about this technology

Face recognition is a method of identifying or verifying the identity of an individual using their face. Face recognition systems can be used to identify people in photos, video, or in real-time. Law enforcement may also use mobile face recognition devices to identify people during police stops.

Back of man's head looking at computer monitor displaying face recognition software matching an image of a man's face
An Arizona Department of Transportation employee uses NEC face recognition software.
Credit: Arizona Department of Transportation