Facial Recognition in Law Enforcement: A New Normal

Tuesday, April 7, 2020| Authored by
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Join the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum for a free special live-streamed event on April 23 at 10 am EDT.

WASHINGTON—The  National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum will host a free live-streamed special event, Facial Recognition in Law Enforcement: A New Normal on Thursday, April 23 from 10 am to 11:30 am EDT, as part of its ongoing Conversations series.

The program will focus on issues surrounding facial recognition technology, including the pros and cons of its use, applications during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, normalizing surveillance in public spaces, the need for effective and efficient law enforcement tools in the digital age, ethnic bias and privacy concerns, and legal accountability and oversight. The panel discussion will be moderated by National Police Foundation President James Burch and will include an opportunity for listeners around the world to ask questions and add to the conversation.

“The current public health crisis has forced many museums, including ours, to explore new ways to engage with our members and visitors. We are excited about the opportunity to bring such an important topic to an audience that reaches well beyond the capacity of our intimate Museum theater,” said National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund CEO Marcia Ferranto. “Especially during this difficult time when our first responders are on the front lines to keep the rest of us safe, we are committed to helping educate the public about the vital role law enforcement plays in our society.”

Facial Recognition in Law Enforcement: A New Normal will be live-streamed via Crowdcast. Panelists for this event include:


  • James Burch, National Police Foundation President


  • Sakira Cook, Director of Justice Reform, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Leadership Conference Educational Fund
  • Steven H. Cook, Retired Associate Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Justice
  • Barry Friedman, Faculty Director and the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law Policing Project at New York University School of Law
  • Dr. Jonathan Phillips, Electronic Engineer at The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Information Technology Laboratory
  • Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, American Civil Liberties Union

To register, go to Crowdcast, click on Save My Spot, and enter your email address. You will receive a confirmation email upon registration.

Members of the media who wish to attend the event may contact Robyn Small at rsmall@nleomf.org or by calling 202-727-8524.

Facial Recognition in Law Enforcement: A New Normal is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Target.

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About the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum
Authorized by Congress in 2000, the 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building tells the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience along with educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs. The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1984. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit LawEnforcementMuseum.org. The adjacent National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial contains the names of 21,910 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history.

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