The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is upgrading its “Ring Security System” for law enforcement agencies to better protect them against mass shootings, officials announced Thursday.
The upgrade is part of an effort to strengthen the agency’s ability to respond to incidents and provide timely intelligence, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) statement.
The upgrades will include a new facial recognition system, which can help the FBI better identify and identify potential suspects, and a new data capture system, to better analyze the records of those killed in incidents, DHS officials said.
The upgrade comes as the FBI is dealing with a wave of recent mass shootings and other terrorist attacks.
Last week, two gunmen opened fire on the offices of a local television station, killing at least 13 people, including five police officers.
Earlier this week, a gunman in Texas killed five people at a church and killed four more at a college.
In addition to the security upgrades, the FBI has also requested $4.9 billion in funding to hire and train thousands of additional agents, the statement said.