Experts predict police downsizing

Experts predict police downsizing
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The reason is facial recognition systems that get increasingly common in Russian cities.

Security guards and law enforcement agencies are in for a mass downsizing this year. The reason is facial recognition systems that get increasingly common in Russian cities, explained Andrei Chibis. The Deputy Minister of Construction and Housing and Communal Services spoke at the Gaidar Forum.

“The experience of other countries shows that this (the face recognition systems - ed.) provides better security and indeed there is a chance of reducing the physical presence of guards, law enforcement officers, and so on,” said Chibis.

He stressed that the efficiency of a single surveillance camera is several times that of a police officer. “A camera needs no fringe benefits; it never gets sick,” the deputy minister added.

Earlier it was reported that a biometric facial recognition system will be installed in public transport, according to the RNS. It will facilitate the boarding process, among other benefits. The software will automatically deduct the fare from the passenger's account.

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