Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What if I volunteer and I am picked out as a suspect?

A. The aim of a witness viewing a parade is for them to state whether they identify the suspect or not.  If the witness is unable to recognise the suspect or selects a volunteer image instead, this demonstrates that the person the police believe to be the suspect could not be identified by that witness and the procedure is recorded as a “negative identification”.

Q. If I volunteer am I guaranteed to be recorded?

A. Unfortunately not everyone who wishes to volunteer will be able to be filmed.  This could be due to a variety of reasons.  For example, time constraints at a recording location or having a distinctive facial feature or you may be in an age or racial group where we already have sufficient images.

Q. Why do you need my personal details and what happens to them?

A. The only information required is your image, age and nationality.  No other personal details are needed.  Your details are stored in accordance with The Data Protection Act 2018 and only used to categorise your image on the database. 


VIPER® is committed to protecting the rights and privacy of individuals in accordance with The Data Protection Act 2018 & GDPR

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