Remote Biometrics Empower San Diego Officers

In Oceanside, California, on October 7, 2013, the police responded to a report of an assault on a bus driver. The suspect had brutally attacked the driver and passengers, sexually assaulting a female commuter. He did not have any identification on him and refused to cooperate when asked to provide his full name.

One of the responding police officers photographed the suspect using his ARJIS smartphone and submitted it to the Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS) mobile facial recognition program. Despite the suspect’s attempt to conceal his identity, it was verified within minutes that the suspect was a wanted felon and a sex registrant with prior felony convictions for child molestation. In this case, the use of facial recognition was instrumental in capturing a dangerous felon who had evaded law enforcement for 18 months.