iNPUT-ACE is pleased to announce the new Video Literacy Course!
Video evidence is becoming more prominent than ever before – it is involved in 85% of all cases and it’s frequently featured in the news.
Despite being a vital source of evidence, very little training exists on how to review video evidence effectively and efficiently.
Grant Fredericks, a certified Forensic Video Analyst and lecturer at the FBI National Academy, explained the importance of video training for police officers:
While I was in the Police Academy, they taught us how to shoot a gun, use handcuffs, apply minimal force, testify in court, and write a police report, among other basic policing functions.
Today it’s still pretty much the same in most police academies throughout North America, but there is no video literacy training.
And yet, police officers will use video more than they use their gun, more than they use force or testify and they will likely even use video more than they use handcuffs. Video is more common to police work today than any of the other functions that are currently taught.
The Video Literacy Course was designed with investigators in mind. Video is the most prolific source of evidence available to investigators today, and training is vital to understanding both the limitations and benefits of video evidence.
About the Course
This Video Literacy course exposes investigators to the latest methodologies for accurately interrogating digital multimedia evidence in criminal investigations. Each section of the course focuses on a specific technical limitation that investigators need to understand to properly handle and review video, plus guidance on leveraging the video to get more actionable intelligence from their evidence.
The curriculum was developed by experts with decades of combined experience in conducting video-centric investigations and testifying in court.
Participants begin each section with a short, instructor-led overview of an investigative technique or issue before venturing into hands-on exercises from real-world, major crime casework where video evidence plays a critical role.
Through step-by-step exercises, students become proficient in best practices for interrogating video evidence and producing final observations, shot lists, and reports in preparation for charge approval and trial.
This live, online approach makes for an incredibly unique and memorable training experience.
The course itself is composed of two different 4-hour modules. Officers who complete the course will achieve the following learning objectives:
- Build competence through hands-on exercises using real case files
- Overcome technical challenges with proprietary video files
- Recognize how improper playback methods can alter the appearance of suspect activity in video
- Learn to play and process video files safely without accidental alterations
- Understand best practices for handling video from the crime scene to the courtroom
- Learn common legal challenges and how to protect evidence during testimony
- Review case examples where improper video practices lead to evidence dismissal during trial
- Practice creating powerful demonstrative exhibits
- Enhance the efficiency of videocentric investigations
Upon completion of the course, investigators will receive a certificate that can be used to apply for CEU credits.
How to Register
If you’re interested in empowering your officers to be more effective and efficient in their investigations, register for the Video Literacy Course online today.
Multiple dates are available, and group rates are available for training your entire agency. In addition, you can earn complimentary seats for your agency when you host a video literacy course.
Video evidence is too important to ignore, and it can quickly go wrong without proper training. Invest in the safety of your officers and communities by investing in the Video Literacy course today.
You can register by completing the form below. You will receive a voucher that can be applied to any future date.