‘Super recognisers’ talk at Police Museum

Date of release: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dr DavisA key weapon in the fight against crime – the 'super recogniser' programme – is the subject of a University of Greenwich academic's talk at the City of London Police Museum.

Super Recognisers: Exceptional at Face Recognition – Exceptional at Crime Fighting takes place at the museum in the Guildhall Library on Thursday 16 March (6pm-8pm, tickets cost £5.90, including wine reception).

Dr Josh Davis, Reader in Applied Psychology at the university, researches forensic facial recognition. He has been working with the Metropolitan Police since 2011 on the 'super recogniser' programme, which identifies officers with exceptional face-recognition talents.

Josh's work has helped position the Met as world leaders in the identification of offenders in CCTV images.
Over three million people have taken his super recognisers test, which is being used by police forces in the UK and around the world to help combat crime.

"The museum in London's famous Guildhall is a fitting venue for this talk," says Josh. "Since its inception the programme has grown and in May 2015 the Super Recogniser Unit was set up at New Scotland Yard. I look forward to discussing the recent discoveries we've made."

Over the past two years Josh has featured extensively in the media discussing his work, including TV and radio appearances in the UK, Europe and USA, as well as print and online media both in the UK and internationally.

For further details on this talk, and to order tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/super-recognisers-exceptional-at-face-recognition-exceptional-at-crime-fighting-tickets-29848213811

For more on studying Psychology at Greenwich, within the Faculty of Education & Health: https://www.gre.ac.uk/ug/eduhea/c800

The address of the venue, described as "London's quirkiest new museum" by the Telegraph, is Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH.

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