In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, PC Paul Hyland a Metropolitan Police super recognizer poses for photographs beside computer screens at the force's New Scotland Yard headquarters in ... more 
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, PC Paul Hyland a Metropolitan Police super recognizer poses for photographs beside computer screens at the force's New Scotland Yard headquarters in London. Several years ago, for example, London police were on the lookout for a burglar wanted for nine robberies. About a month after seeing the burglar’s picture, Hyland and two colleagues were stuck in traffic. “I looked up and noticed this guy coming out of a university and knew it was him,” Hyland recalled, adding that neither of his colleagues recognized the burglar. Hyland arrested the suspect, who confessed after questioning. The study of facial recognition is in its infancy. But since 2011, about 200 London police officers have been recruited to an elite squad of super recognizers. Officials say they have tripled the number of criminal suspects identified from surveillance photos or on the street each week, and even helped prevent some crimes like muggings, drug deals or assaults. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Matt Dunham
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 2:06 AM EDT