The nation's top police officer has accused the Government of leaving police unable to stop violent crime.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said officers 'hamstrung' and called on the Home Office to show 'greater leadership'.
She slammed a failure to introduce laws allowing police to use facial recognition and said more funding is needed.
It comes after a row over whether cuts in funding are linked to rising crime as the force investigates its 120th murder this year.
That's already three more than the whole of 2017 and Home Secretary Sajid Javid has told Ms Dick to 'get the situation under control'.
But she has told The Daily Telegraph that the police have been left to fend for themselves since Theresa May was Home Secretary.
'I do see a greater leadership role for the Home Office than the one they have chosen to take recently,' she added.
Read more: Met Police chief claims government's refusal to use facial recognition technology to 'catch bad guys' has left forces 'hamstrung' in fight against violent crime
“Dangerous and inaccurate” police facial recognition exposed in new Big Brother Watch report
'Big Brother Watch’s report, released today, reveals:
- South Wales Police store photos of all innocent people incorrectly matched by facial recognition for a year, without their knowledge, resulting in a biometric database of over 2,400 innocent people
- Home Office spent £2.6m funding South Wales Police’s use of the technology, although it is “almost entirely inaccurate”
- Metropolitan Police’s facial recognition matches are 98% inaccurate, misidentifying 95 people at last year’s Notting Hill Carnival as criminals – yet the force is planning 7 more deployments this year
- South Wales Police’s matches are 91% inaccurate – yet the force plans to target the Biggest Weekend and a Rolling Stones concert next
Big Brother Watch is taking the report to Parliament today to launch a campaign calling for police to stop using the controversial technology, branded by the group as “dangerous and inaccurate”.
Big Brother Watch’s campaign, calling on UK public authorities to immediately stop using automated facial recognition software with surveillance cameras, is backed by David Lammy MP and 15 rights and race equality groups including Article 19, Football Supporters Federation, Index on Censorship, Liberty, Netpol, Police Action Lawyers Group, the Race Equality Foundation, and Runnymede Trust.
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott MP and Shadow Policing Minister Louise Haigh MP will speak at the report launch event in Parliament today at 1600.
Police have begun using automated facial recognition in city centres, at political demonstrations, sporting events and festivals over the past two years. Particular controversy was caused when the Metropolitan Police targeted Notting Hill Carnival with the technology two years in a row, with rights groups expressing concern that comparable facial recognition tools are more likely to misidentify black people.
Big Brother Watch’s report found that the police’s use of the technology is “lawless” and could breach the right to privacy protected by the Human Rights Act.'
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