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4.1 Video identification parades

Watch the following video in which an eyewitness views a video identification parade procedure using the VIPER system.

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DS Sund used a VIPER parade with Lila and Seth. VIPER parades involve presenting a sequence of clips, one after the other, that show a head and shoulders view of the suspect and foils. Each person is shown looking straight at the camera and then turning from side to side so that their face can be seen from multiple angles. The images are carefully controlled so that the background, lighting, etc. are identical, and foils can be chosen from a large database containing more than 25,000 possible people. Research has shown that this makes such parades ‘fair’, in that there is nothing that makes the suspect stand out, and the foils look suitably similar to the suspect.

You can find out more about the VIPER [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]  system here.