There s no facial recognition installed yet, but officials said it could be added.

Johnmichael O Hare, the head of the Hartford center, in the few months it has been open the technology has already assisted in hundreds of criminal cases that resulted in arrests.

Speaking of the help the center gives Hartford s police officers, O Hare says, It s huge.

But now that s changing, thanks to federal funding and money from drug bust forfeitures.

New centers are also in in planning for Bridgeport, Connecticut, Modesto, California, and Wilmington, North Carolina.

When facial recognition software is used with such systems, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups raise questions about possible detection errors and the potential for invasion of privacy.

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