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Welcome to the Association of Super Recognisers (ASR)
joining a very unique and exclusive organisation.

The ASR is the professional body representing those who possess the super recogniser skills around the globe. Via our associate scheme, you will be able to access the latest developments in the science of super recognition, browse job opportunities and contact other practitioners from around the globe who share your unique skills and abilities. After a certain period of years in practice, you may even be invited to become a Fellow of the Association.

Being an associate proves that you meet the very high professional skills standards demanded by judiciaries and law enforcement agencies, wherever you may be based. We will provide certification to training courses, and establishments who deliver such courses, to ensure that they uphold the quality, scope and content which we believe to be essential to maintain trust and confidence in the profession.


Joining the ASR means that you will become a part of one of the World’s most select and exclusive membership organisations. You will be able to add the post nominals ‘ASR’ after your name. Our regular newsletter, blogs and interviews will keep you informed of the progress and evolution of the science. The Associations’ conferences will provide an opportunity for you to meet other super recognisers, to share your experiences and to hear from leading academics in the field. Our ethics and standards committee are now finalising the Association’s Code of Practice which will set the baseline and provide the international yardstick for quality and the benchmark paradigm for super recognition as the third leg of the forensic triangle of DNA, fingerprinting and super recognition.

Benefits of membership

Associates are very special people and we need to ensure that their skills are recognised and leveraged to best advantage in the fight against crime and extremism. Hundreds of thousands of hours of CCTV imagery are recorded every minute across the globe. Very little of this collection, however, is ever used in evidence to gain a conviction. Many police forces now pay little or no attention to so called ‘low level’ crime. Such crime involves shoplifting or theft of personal items such as laptops, handbags or wallets. These may be ‘low level’ crimes in the broader scheme of affairs, but to their owners, loss of their property they can be devastating.
Super recognisers will help to redress that balance and address such crimes – and the more major ones as well. Being an ASR Associate will enable you to connect with others practitioners who share your specific skills and relate your experiences to the worldwide diaspora of super recognisers. You will receive:

Access to the Associates area of the website where news, jobs, information and views can be shared and accessed.

Appropriate post nominals after your name (ASR – Associate Super Recogniser, FASR – Fellow of the Association of Super Recognisers).

An ASR identity card.

Discounted attendance at ASR’s conferences.

An online copy of our newsletter – ‘The Recollection’ containing academic articles and updates on developments in the fight against crime and extremism.

A personal certificate of association signed by our Chairman, Lord Lingfield.

The opportunity to attend a presentation ceremony at a prestigious location in London.

Special discount offers at shops and commercial sites.

What is a Super Recogniser?

Prosopagnosia, or “face blindness”, is a rare medical condition in which patients are unable to recognize human faces, in some cases, even their own faces or those of their immediate family. The advent of the internet has now enabled a study of such extreme instances to be undertaken. During these studies, however, researchers and psychologists discovered 4 people who had exactly the opposite issue to face blindness. The researchers found individuals who were at the extreme other end of the spectrum – and they were incredibly good at remembering faces at being able to identify them, notwithstanding the passage of time, their age, gender, appearance or even disguise.

Clearly a spectrum exists and we now know that the skills of ‘super recognisers’ are estimated to abide in as few as 1% of the human population worldwide. It is this very small population which we now seek to identify, to assess, select and to develop further to deter and fight crime and extremism in our increasingly unstable World. Such skills cannot be taught – they are preternatural and unique to an individual.
Tests to identify their skills have been verified by many academic institutions both here and in the USA. The search is now on to identify suitable candidates for further development. Should you wish to assess your own skills in this area then do go to the University of Greenwich website and have a go at the tests for yourself – see

Latest News

training super recognisers

ASR Inaugural Training Course

ASR is go! The very first associates have completed their application forms and their induction process has commenced.
The new recruits were attending a 4-day training course run by Super Recognisers International (SRI) Limited in London. SRI kindly allowed ASR to brief their students on the advantages of joining the Association and the opportunities which await them in the future. CEO Mrs Gilly Crichton said 'Our very first recruits are joining an elite family of super recognisers from across the World. We live in an increasingly hazardous World and the future cohort of super recognisers are all keen and able to make the globe a safer and more enjoyable place to live and work'.

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Mission, vision and objectives

The ASR Mission is to drive up standards by means of an enforceable Code of Practice across The Association of Super Recognisers.

The ASR Vision is to establish the discipline of Super Recognisers -a professional body as a recognised forensic tool


  • To develop the science of super recognition thus establishing it as a recognized branch of forensic science.
  • To work with academic bodies to encourage research and development in the abilities of a Super Recogniser.
  • To encourage, develop and assist our associate's career prospects as Super Recognisers, continuous professional development including a 'Super Recogniser passport.'
  • To recognize excellence in the profession by staging awards and commendations regionally and globally.
  • To set ambitious standards of performance across the industry.
  • To enable dialogue, communication and thought leadership amongst our associates to further develop the skills of Super Recognisers including providing legal and operational updates.
  • To provide an identity document for all associates and fellows.



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