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See some of the best - and worst - efits issued by police in Suffolk and Essex

PUBLISHED: 18:05 04 August 2015 | UPDATED: 09:17 05 August 2015

The hoodie hides most of this man's face

The hoodie hides most of this man's face

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The value of e-fits was defended last night as new figures reveal only one image released to the public in the past three years has resulted in an arrest.

Readers were asked if they could identify a suspect based on this efit which shows nothing more than a pair of eyes Readers were asked if they could identify a suspect based on this efit which shows nothing more than a pair of eyes

Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore said the technique was a “legitimate” and “important” means of dealing with crimes in the county, as we looked through the best and worst examples.

This is one of the clearer efit images issued by Suffolk Constabulary This is one of the clearer efit images issued by Suffolk Constabulary

Electronic Facial Identification Technique, or e-fit, is a computer-based method of piecing together a picture of a suspect in a criminal investigation, based on eyewitness descriptions, and is used when no photograph is available.

The only distinguishable feature in this composite image is the hoodie The only distinguishable feature in this composite image is the hoodie

Between January 2013 and July 2015, 87 e-fits were put together by Suffolk police. Of these, 31 were released into the public domain through the media, and the others were only circulated internally within the constabulary.

Again most of the face is covered in this image Again most of the face is covered in this image

In total, 29 names were put forward by members of the public or police officers, and 10 arrests were made as a result of these identifications.

Essex Police issued this efit of a man wanted in connection with a robbery but many of the features are feminine Essex Police issued this efit of a man wanted in connection with a robbery but many of the features are feminine

However, only one of these arrests came from the public circulation.

A clearer efit issued by Essex Police A clearer efit issued by Essex Police

This was in relation to an assault that was committed in Ipswich last year, in which a victim was hit with a metal pole and suffered swelling and bruising to their leg, arm, face and head.

It is not known whether the woman that this efit depicted was ever caught It is not known whether the woman that this efit depicted was ever caught

The e-fit was released on March 3, 2014, and the offender was found over a year later on April 4, 2014 – they were subsequently charged.

Does this look like anyone you know? Does this look like anyone you know?

Mr Passmore said on occasions, the constabulary would be involved in “serious” undercover operations and therefore it would not always be appropriate to release these images into the public. He said this would be a decision made by the chief constable.

Suffolk Police issued this efit Suffolk Police issued this efit

“I do not have any concerns about this, it’s an important tool and I am very supportive of it,” he added.

Detective Inspector Darrell Skuse, of Suffolk Constabulary, who oversees identification in investigations, said an e-fit was used when officers had no idea who the offender could be.

“E-fit is one aspect of what we would be doing at the time,” he added. “We have to be careful though 
and sure it will benefit the investigation.

“If the image is too obscure we could be flooded with names and information which isn’t helpful.”

In April last year, Suffolk Constabulary came under scrutiny for releasing an e-fit of a man wearing a hood with his mouth covered during an investigation into a knife-related crime. The image was likened on social media to a ninja.

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