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Police use of live facial recognition (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 12th March 2020.

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Photo of Siân Berry Siân Berry Green

What is the total cost of all deployments of live facial recognition by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in London to date?

Could you provide this information in a table and include a breakdown of all costs needed and associated with its use, deployment and operation, such as (but not limited to) software, hardware, plain-clothed and uniformed officers and the cost of evaluation.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

No specific budget has been set aside for the deployment of LFR, as such it is not possible to make an assessment of the costs of the trials or deployments to date which have drawn from existing core budgets and local resources. Approximately £240,000 has been spent on LFR software and hardware since 2016.