Designer E-FIT comes to Cleveland

In an attempt to make E-FIT pictures more realistic, Cleveland now have access to thousands of extra images that they can use in each of their E-FIT pictures. At the click of a button, fashion accessories and even weapons can be added to an E-FIT photograph.

Sep 22, 2005
By David Howell
Haroon Iqbal

In an attempt to make E-FIT pictures more realistic, Cleveland now have access to thousands of extra images that they can use in each of their E-FIT pictures. At the click of a button, fashion accessories and even weapons can be added to an E-FIT photograph.

Forensic Advisor, DC Howard Weightman, said: “E-FIT which builds up the face of a suspect has been used by us for many years. This development, known as ‘Clothe-IT’ allows us to create a complete profile of a suspect. Speaking to and working with a witness we can create the build and height of an individual, the clothes they were wearing, the fashion logos displayed on it, accessories being carried and of course weapons. A lot of witnesses may not be able to give us a good facial description but they can provide a detailed bodily profile – and that can go a long way to catching the person we are looking for.”

Clothe-IT was developed by David Parker, a former detective who realised that some witnesses, who couldn’t give an accurate description of a suspects face, could remember other details such as the clothes that they were wearing when they committed the offence. The software allows the creation of full-length life-like images that can include a facial image created in another program like E-FIT. The resulting image can then be easily pasted into crime scene photos. More details about the system can be viewed at: www.efit.co.uk.

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