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St. Pete PD found seven staffers who passed the super recognizers test. Can you?



ST. PETERSBURG -- Last October, St. Petersburg police gave everyone in the department a test on facial recognition.

The goal? To determine who might qualify as a so-called super recognizer, with sharp eyes place that would them within the top 2 percent of all test-takers nationally. Police teamed up with researchers from Dartmouth College and Harvard University on the effort, and months later, the results are in.

Of the approximately 700 sworn and civilian staffers who took the test, seven were deemed super recognizers.

Spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said one of the super recognizers is a civilian IT employee and the others are officers, including one sergeant. The department is still devising a policy for how to best use them, but Fernandez said they will likely be called in occasionally to help with special cases like when investigators need help identifying a suspect’s face in grainy surveillance footage.

Think you’re sharp-eyed enough to make the cut? Take a sample test here.


[Last modified: Thursday, March 3, 2016 8:39am]


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