E-fits – pictures the police create and release to help identify the perpetrators of crime – are not always great, often appearing more “neural network has been fed exclusively images of clowns and spat out what it thinks a human being might look like” than “this is a real person who has committed a crime please help us find him”.
Which brings us to this, from Warwickshire Police.
At first, we thought, it had to be a parody. Surely this is not a real e-fit designed to catch a real criminal. Surely someone along the presumably fairly rigorous process of creating and sharing e-fits would have said, like, “we should probably make this dude’s mouth smaller, guys, because right now he looks a bit…off”.
But look closer, and you’ll see that it’s a blue-tick verified account: a real, actual account run by the police force.
Obviously, because it is ridiculous on literally every level, people kind of went in.
Now if you don’t mind us, we’re off to have our every waking nightmare populated by e-fit men with giant mouths! Night!
(Image: Warwickshire Police)