Super Recogniser Training

In late 2020, a second group of officers from Thames Valley Police took part in a Super Recognisers selection and training course.  Thames Valley is a large provincial force, which covers three English counties – Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.  This was the first time the course had been run entirely online, with Super Recognisers International Ltd delivering what Detective Inspector Steve Jones described as “a really informative and beneficial product for our staff to test their skills in the art of Super Recognition.”


The thirteen police students were tested on their ability to recognise and memorise faces from a range of moving

and still images. The results were recorded and scientifically analysed by a team from Greenwich University

headed by Professor Josh Davis, who updated the course on his latest research.  Super Recogniser ability is

rated by a ‘Z’ score. On this course, students ranged from -10 to +3.  A score of 0.5 or over results in classification

as a Super Recogniser and anything above one is excellent - Sergeant Nick Perks from Aylesbury, scored +3.52.

The course lead, retired Detective Chief Inspector Mike Neville, described him as being “Exceptional…..a super

super recogniser!”


The feedback from the course was very positive, and included comments such as:

“I…found the course incredibly informative and interesting. It was fascinating hearing about the use of SRs from

an investigative point of view and something I’ll be taking away for the future.”


“I have thoroughly enjoyed it and got loads from it.”


DI Jones added “During times of austerity, where we need to make best use of our resources and spend wisely – what better than to utilise the skills our officers and staff already possess! The use of Super Recognisers to link offences, to enhance the process of serious crime CCTV reviews, to spot potential offenders in a crowd before they commit offences are just some of the great ways Super Recognisers can be used. And it’s not just limited to Police Officers! We also have staff from departments such as CCTV and Control Room, so it really is an inclusive role.”


Lord Lingfield, the Chairman of the Association of Super Recognisers stated that “It is wonderful to see Thames Valley Police making use of super recognisers to enhance their crime fighting capacity. I look forward to conferring upon Detective Inspector Jones the Honorary Fellowship of the Association of Super Recogniser to acknowledge his exemplary work in promoting this new field of policing.”


Thames Valley Police have plans for a further course in 2021 and a number of staff are already on the waiting list.    Any police force, military unit or security company wishing to hold a similar bespoke course for their staff should contact Mike at to discuss dates and prices. 


Individual officers or members of the public can book a place on the next open-to-all on-line course, which will be held 23rd to 25th February and 25th to 27th May 2021.   Members of the Association are entitled to a discounted price.

The first on-line Super Recogniser Course will be held 23-25 Feb and 25-27 May 2021.


The aim of the course is to select and qualify Super Recognisers to the standard, where they can apply to be Licentiates of the Association of Super Recognisers.


The objectives of the course are as follows:

  • To complete final testing to identify short term, long term and crowd identification Super Recogniser skills.

  • To ensure students have a knowledge of legal, evidential & data protection issues relating to Super Recognisers (some sections relate to UK and EU law, but generic rules will apply to all jurisdictions and US and Australian law is noted)

  • To enhance Super Recognisers with behavioural detection training.

  • To brief Super Recognisers on current threats and crime trends.

  • To train Super Recognisers in operational tactics.

  • To test these abilities by realistic exercises.


Bespoke courses can be arranged for law enforcement agencies, military units, security companies and border units.


For further details, contact

Courses — ASR (

Costs available on request. Discounts are available for Association of Super Recognisers members and those who have completed the official on line Super Recogniser assessments.

Mike Neville

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