The Queensland Police force hit the headlines today after it was revealed they were using real people’s faces for target practice on their firing range.
Interestingly, the TV news portrayed it as though the police we using mainly photos of Aboriginal criminals, which caused an uproar in the Aboriginal community. The newspaper report gives the numbers and demographic breakdown of the photos: 28 real-life images in target training, including two pictures of Aborigines and four of women.
The reason the police gave for using these images was to help train the officers to identify the bad guys in real life situations. Considering the fact that some of the photos were also of members of the QLD Police force, I wouldn’t want to piss any of these guys off.