The police's attempts to exploit controversial surveillance measures, including the detection of facial surveillance cameras, are hampered by a complex regulatory system and legal framework, Metropolitan Police Commissioner said.
Cressida Dick said the examinations are hardly dependent on "witnesses and confessions" thanks to the abundance of means of communication, biometrics and other electronic data now available. She said, however, she felt that the officers were not "working in a tremendously encouraging environment" when it came to using them.
In a week after five murders in six days on the streets of London, Dick said that their troop had endured "the most terrible week". She added that Theres May's Met was "hung up to dry", which made life as a Home Secretary of the troupe "rather difficult," as she focused her work on digital high-tech research.
"We see ourselves as being hampered by a rather complex regulatory system and rather complex legal framework," while "bad guys" are "filling their boots" with technology, Dick said to the Telegraph.
She reported that she wanted to increase the use of facial recognition.
"I'm very interested in the law keeping up with technology, and I do not feel we're currently working in a hugely benign environment," said Dick.
The use of CCTV for facial recognition has been sharply criticized by civil rights groups. Big Brother Watch released a report earlier this year claiming that he had selected the wrong person nine times, but warned that the technology with perfection had the potential to turn innocent British citizens into "wandering passes."
The organization is now bringing the Metropolitan Police to court for using face recognition CCTV. Its director, Silkie Carlo, said that, in contrast to Dick's remarks, the Home Office has invested millions in the police use of facial technology.
Carlo said, "I fully agree that the Home Office has not taken a leadership role in technology and policing. But in reality, the political task has released the police in a dangerous way, rather than obstructing it.
"The Met has engaged in live surveillance of facial recognition without a legal basis and is introducing more and more authoritarian surveillance without political oversight."