COMputer Facial Identification Techniques
26 March 2017
11:00am – 12:30pm
200 Roma Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
Comfit is a facial-composite system developed within the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in 1993. It allows a Brisbane-based operator to create a facial likeness of an offender using a set of facial features chosen by a witness from an online database. With the assistance of investigating officers at Police Stations throughout Queensland, Comfit is available to witnesses State-wide.
In the twenty-four years since 1993, international research into human memory has identified weaknesses in this type of ‘featural’ process. This research has resulted in the development of new facial-composite products that better match people’s memory for faces.
The innovative facial-composite system known as EFIT6 was developed in the United Kingdom and has been adopted in many jurisdictions around the world, including the New South Wales Police Force. It is easy to use, making it suitable for use by operational Police Officers, without the need for a Brisbane-based specialist, and the inconvenience this can incur.
Keryl Willis is a Forensic Artist with the Visual Identification Unit and has been undertaking such work within the Photographic Section since 1995. Over the last six months, she has been conducting a field-trial of EFIT6 in Police Stations around Brisbane, to assess its suitability for wider use within the QPS.
During the lecture Keryl will explain the differences between Comfit and EFIT, the ways in which these systems are used for police work and the best practice developments that are currently underway in the area. This one and a half hour presentation will commence at 11am on Sunday, March 26 and will be both informative and educational, and is suitable for all audiences.
The Museum opens its doors to the public on the last Sunday of each month from 10am to 3pm from February to November in addition to the standard Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm opening hours. Monthly Sunday openings feature guest speakers from across the historical and crime-solving spectrums.
PLEASE NOTE: The Police Museum will open on Sunday, March 26 from 10am to 3pm, and is located on the ground floor of Police Headquarters, 200 Roma Street, Brisbane.