Police photographic records

In 1863, the police district in Copenhagen began gathering photographs of criminals in a special photo album. Later on, other police districts in Denmark followed their example.

Today, the police still takes photos of people, who have are suspected of commiting a crime, where the minimum penalty is 1½ years in prison. These types of photographs are also known as "mug shots". 

The photographs are gathered in a database that only the police has access to. The photos can be used as a way of identifying someone or at photo confrontations. In these cases, the witness is asked to look through some photos in order to identify the possible perpetrator.

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