The quality improvements to digital imagery over the last decade have led to an increase in the suitability of captures for a facial comparison examination, to either identify or exclude a suspect. A facial comparison examination (also known as facial mapping) consists of the analysis of an unknown subjects facial features, followed by comparison against the known individual. An opinion is rendered as to the level of support that they are the same person. Our expertise in this area is evidenced by our training in Morphological Facial Comparison methods, annual proficiency testing with the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes, Crown Court Expert Testimony and evidence in relation to Photographic Comparison published by the House of Lords Select Committee for Forensic Science.
We use the FISWG (Facial Identification Scientific Working Group) recommended facial comparison method of morphological analysis when performing facial mapping examinations. The procedure can be applied to imagery from a range of sources, including:
Social Media imagery
Body Worn Camera recordings
Mobile phone videos and photos