Police Forces
& Law Enforcement Agencies

Neville Forensic Recognition Ltd can conduct a detailed inspection of your Police Force or Law Enforcement Agency to establish the strengths and weaknesses in your use of CCTV and other images to prevent and detect crime. This detailed analysis will highlight how you will be able to solve thousands more crimes – very cheaply – often using the officers already in post and equipment already purchased – in a more effective manner. Listed below are key areas in which Neville Forensic Recognition Ltd can help your agency achieve more for less.

Operational Advice on Use of Images

Mick played a critical role in ensuring that suspects "caught on camera" were quickly identified. He has international experience - from the Cologne Sex attacks to murders in Australia. He was responsible for the identification of 3000 suspects captured on footage during the riots of 2011, as well as deploying Super Recognisers onto the Alice Gross murder and Op Resolve (the Hillsborough Enquiry). He can assist investigators by giving a bespoke plan to utilise CCTV and other images in the most effective manner.

Neville Forensic Recognition Ltd can advise your police force on the best use of images during high profile investigations.


“Mick Neville has worked closely with Facewatch since the company began in 2010. His mantra was “Images!, images!, images!… just get me the images and my team will do the rest” He ensured that the police understood the value of CCTV footage, particularly footage supplied by businesses, in the detection and prevention of crime. He is a man of acute vision that allows him to see the whole landscape of policing that is ripe for change.” Michael Gordon-Gibson
Managing Director | Facewatch

1. Improve the gathering of CCTV

and vastly increase the opportunities your force has of solving all types of offences. The Standard - Met Police 'fail to solve crimes because of ignorance about CCTV footage'

2. Improving the viewing of CCTV

and ensuring that the right footage and images are found to solve the case. This includes making footage playable and searchable. SeeQuestor - Radically faster video intelligence

3. Volunteer Viewing Units

Mick was in charge of an award-winning Volunteer Unit at New Scotland Yard, which saved the Metropolitan Police £millions in operational detective time. These volunteers were trained to view and produce CCTV evidence for all manner of cases – from shoplifting to murder. Security News Desk - Metropolitan Police volunteers scoop national award for CCTV analysis

4. Effectively managing the images seized

and ensuring as many as possible as identified – with criminals being brought to justice. Mick play a key role in advising on the development of the FILM (Forensic Image Linking & Management) database, which enabled the Metropolitan Police to manage their identifications – and link criminals to many other crimes. In too many police forces, images of suspects are not treated with the same processes as fingerprints and DNA. Senior officers are not aware of the need to scrutinise performance - but by doing so, many more crimes can be detected. Likewise, images “caught on camera” are often dealt with as “one off crimes” – whilst fingerprint and DNA identifications can be linked together – ensuring that a prolific offender faces the justice he deserves. FILM enables images to be linked in a similar manner. Business Insider -Meet the 'super-recognisers' an elite squad of police officers who are paid to never, ever forget a face

5. Establishment of a Super Recogniser Unit

Research by universities around the world, including Harvard, Greenwich, York & Bournemouth have highlighted that a very small percentage of police officers (and people in general) have an exceptional ability to remember faces. This is a vital skill in law enforcement and can be used to solve all manner of crimes from terrorism and murder to burglary and theft. Such officers can also be used at public order and sporting events to spot known criminals and prevent them offending in the first place.
Neville Forensic Recognition Ltd can find these officers and establish a new and effective crime fighting unit in your law enforcement agency. Mick can advise police forces, law enforcement agencies, cities, CCTV control rooms, businesses, security organisations, CCTV manufacturers and installers and software designers on the best use of CCTV and super recognisers to prevent AND detect crime. He frequently speaks at conferences on CCTV and surveillance – often obtaining top feedback.
This work has been verified by academics and journalists from across the world: University of York - Facing up to the facts– the Met’s super-recognisers work. The New Yorker - The detectives who never forget a face. The New Statesman - The super-recognisers of Scotland Yard. The Mirror - Elite police team of super-recognisers are on the cusp of the 'third revolution in forensics'. BBC - The superpower police now use to tackle crime. Inside Out BBC1 - 19 October 2015 Super-recognisers (Dr Josh P Davis). This Morning (ITV) - Interview on super-recognisers with Dr Josh P Davis. Bournemouth University - Research into super-recognisers. Are you a Super Recogniser? - Take the test to discover your potential.

6. Training for officers at every level

Downloading & Gathering CCTV – with the myriad of digital CCTV systems, it is now much harder for front line officers to obtain footage recorded in businesses and commercial premises. This training will give officers the legal AND practical knowledge to obtain this vital evidence.
Identification of Suspects from Images – There is little point in obtaining images of suspects, if they are never identified. This course will give intelligence staff the systems and tactics to ensure that they have the best chance to put a name to a criminal’s face. It will cover internal circulations to police units, journals and super recognisers, as well as use of the media and outward facing websites and apps. Data Protection and legal issues are, of course, considered.
Detection of Crime Using Images – Just as detectives have to be trained to get the full value from traditional forensics, such as fingerprints and DNA, so they have to be fully aware of the tactics to make the most effective use of images during an investigation. This will include identification, use of images in police interviews, disclosure and utilising footage in the court room.
Management of Images for Senior Officers – Senior Detectives may be tasked to investigate large scale public disorder – a riot, football hooliganism or other events, with large quantities of CCTV footage and images from the media or mobile phones. This course will give such officers the best tactics to use. Additionally, it will cover the management of unidentified images and subsequent identifications, so that they enhance performance. Partnership with other agencies, especially image providers, will also be covered. BBC News - 19 October 2015: Article on super-recognisers. Mick works in partnership with a long-established and respected CCTV trainer and specialist, Gordon Tyerman.

7. Partnership with Other Agencies

Police forces, especially in the United Kingdom, own very few CCTV cameras. Officers are reliant on council control rooms, government agencies, transport hubs, businesses and private owners providing CCTV footage for use in investigations. Neville Forensic Recognition Ltd has much experience of working in partnership with others to obtain more images of suspects. This includes use of the Facewatch system, where businesses are encouraged to upload footage of crimes and images of suspects to a website available to police. www.facewatch.co.uk.

8. Inspection to ensure compliance

The Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Code of Practice has changed the manner in which CCTV is viewed. Whilst the system must comply with legislation, it must also be “effective” and an annual review must be conducted to show that it the deployment of camera is legitimate and proportionate taking into account all relevant legislation and Codes of Practice, including the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) CCTV Code of Practice. Surveillance Camera Code of Practice.

Neville Forensic Recognition Ltd can fully access your system and advise on how it can be improved to further utilise the invested made to achieve better results for your police force or law enforcement agency.