Police are to use biometrics on themselves to improve identity management and data access in forces around the UK. Police could be subject to biometrics tests, such as fingerprint and facial scanning, before they access criminal databases.

Speaking at the Biometrics 2005 conference in London, Fred Preston, director of identification for PITO, said his department planned to incorporate facial biometrics into its identification systems which are currently mostly based around fingerprints.

Preston said his department is working towards the development of a Strategic Identification Services Platform (SISP). "Our aim is to eventually be able to fuse results from different biometrics and different engines searching results," he said.