MSPs to look into police use of facial recognition technology in Scotland
MSPs are looking into police use of facial recognition technology in a new inquiry launched by the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Sub-Committee on Policing. Advances in technology mean that images that could be used for facial recognition can now come from body-worn cameras and mobile phones in addition to CCTV. The technology can either be ‘live’ or ‘retrospective’ and it is thought that Police Scotland currently uses retrospective facial recognition technology from recorded CCTV, which is matched against faces in the Police National Database.
Police welcome mental health specialists in prisons and stations
The recently formed Tayside Mental Health Alliance – which includes NHS Tayside and the region’s three health and social care partnerships – will spend £1,334,457 on scheme over 2019/20. The funding – from health and social care budgets – will ensure more specialists are on hand in “key settings.” The workers will be the first in line to deal with people experiencing mental health crisis, reducing pressure on public sector staff.