(Detective Investigator NYPD Ret.)
Current Position: Director, Client Relations at Vigilant Solutions Inc.
Roger Rodriguez joined the Vigilant Solutions team after serving over twenty years with the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Roger helped establish the NYPD Real-Time Crime Center, worked on various counter terror initiatives for the Intelligence Division, and spearheaded the successful launch of the NYPD Facial Identification Section. Having worked countless criminal investigations using facial recognition technology, the expertise that Roger carries is unmatched in the industry. Roger is a member of various Governmental Committees in Washington DC establishing protocols and policy relating to facial recognition use by public safety. He is considered to be one of the world’s most experienced facial recognition practitioners . Roger offers counsel to many agencies, biometric developers and commercial vendors. Today, Roger drives the Facial Recognition, License Plate Reader and analytic product lines for his company as Director of Client Relations, domestically and abroad. As subject matter expert and author, he shares his experiences through thought leadership presentations, media interviews, publications, and hundreds of agencies around the world .
Title: Best Practices of Facial Recognition Use for Public Safety Deployments and Criminal Investigations
In this workshop, Roger will provide on an overview of use of facial recognition technology, discuss best practices and the importance of policy, and will also identify the challenges often faced when using this technology in the investigative process. Throughout the presentation, he will show examples how to take uncontrolled images and make them useable for facial recognition to generate viable investigative leads. He will present real world case studies involving images acquired from CCTV, bank ATM’s, social media, and other sources. Roger will demonstrate how to successfully enhance these images to meet the criteria for facial recognition searching using relatively simple tools and techniques, while highlighting the need for facial comparison analysis and proper documentation. This workshop will be informative and educational for any investigative professional currently using, or considering the use of facial recognition technology for criminal investigations.