Did you know that 70-80% of investigations include video evidence? Video can be your greatest asset in an investigation, or your biggest frustration. In this online course, learn how to leverage video evidence in a way that reduces workload, increases case closure rate, and protects officers.
The course is $195 and features 10 different lessons from 10 different experts in the field of video investigations and is eligible for CEU credits. You can watch the first video now for free, or learn more and access the full course below.
Lesson 1: Conducting a Video-Centric Investigation: Preparing for the Endgame
Watch the first lesson of our symposium for free!
Instructor: Grant Fredericks is a former police officer with over thirty years of experience leading video-centric criminal investigations. He is a Certified Forensic Video Analyst and a contract instructor at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.
Session Description: Video evidence is now part of 70-80% of all criminal cases, but it doesn’t have to be difficult or stand in the way of moving your case forward quickly. This session explores several relevant cases, including video evidence from the George Floyd investigation, to help investigators understand the critical first steps after seizing video evidence.
Outcomes of this lesson: Watch this video if you want to learn more about the following:
- How to expedite your video workflow and save significant time in video investigations.
- Get the most out of your visual evidence.
- Better prepare for the inevitable court challenges.
- Identify if you’re working with the original video file or a lower quality version.
- Understand the technical considerations that can lead to the misinterpretation of an image.
Access the Full Symposium
Want to learn even more about effective use of video in investigations? Register for our high-quality training event which features ten, 90-minute sessions from expert trainers. Not only will you gain access to the videos, but you can receive a certificate confirming 15 training hours on video topics including effective investigative workflow techniques, legal updates, major crime/traffic investigations and forensic video examinations.
“I really appreciate having the opportunity to receive training in this format, especially from the experts in the field. I look forward to future training sessions.”
Forensic Imaging Unit Supervisor
Phoenix Police Department
Conducting a Video-Centric Investigation: Preparing for the End-Game
Getting it right at the end requires starting it right at the beginning. Instructor Grant Fredericks provides a detailed overview of the critical first steps after seizing video evidence and the ABC’s of an effective technical workflow. Grant will show you how to expedite your video workflow, getting the most out of your visual evidence and preparing you for the inevitable court challenges.
Analysis and Interviews for Force Investigations
Jamie Borden & Paul Taylor
During this session, we will outline and discuss some of the complex and controversial issues embedded in these sensitive investigations. Starting with the reason for conducting a use of force investigation in the first place, we’ll explore the complex combination of police performance dynamics, investigative limitations, and liability issues that can impact the involved officer, department, and broader community.
Calculating Accurate Timing From Video
Video evidence is often relied upon for timing calculations in collision investigations and use of force incidents, but due to a lack of standards in the surveillance industry video files often misreport timing metadata. Simply counting frames and assuming a consistent frame rate can lead to inaccurate measurements. In this presentation, Andrew Fredericks and Eugene Liscio highlight some of the common pitfalls in calculating timing from video and provide an easy step-by-step workflow for extracting accurate timing information.
More Than Meets the Eye
In this course, Brandon Epstein takes an interactive look at digital video pitfalls and how proper training can help investigators succeed.
Getting Started with iNPUT-ACE v. 2.6
The release of iNPUT-ACE version 2.6 will bring several new features and capabilities to the investigator’s video evidence toolbox. In this session, the iNPUT-ACE Support Services manager will lead attendees on a guided walkthrough of all the new functions of the software. Whether you are a new user seeking to understand the basics of the iNPUT-ACE workflow, an advanced user looking for tips and tricks, or you are not yet a user but want to see what all the fuss is about – this session is for you.
Legal Issues and Trends Related to Video Admissibility
This seminar will focus on the good, the bad, and the ugly related to legal issues and video admissibility in Court. We will review how the judicial system is using and relying on video to assist in determining the truth. What are the challenges, the pitfalls, and guidance on how to protect your credibility?
Violent Crime Digital Evidence Recovery During Covid-19 – How Major Cities are Adjusting Workflows
The world around us has changed dramatically. Covid-19 has brought stay at home orders and the temporary closing of nonessential businesses worldwide. With less people on the streets, you would think there would be less crimes of opportunity. Unfortunately, this has not been the case for a major city like Chicago. Join Detective Michael Chiocca who will explain how Chicago not only gains insight out of digital evidence related to these violent crime cases, but also how to walk the tightrope during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.
DVR Evidence Recovery – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Digital Video Recorders have become a ubiquitous part of digital and video forensics, but how do you properly recover the footage? Some advocate treating it like a video camera and others like a computer. Tim Bate will discuss some of the key problems with each path and provide guidance for avoiding those problems in your workflow. With some understanding of what makes it different from a regular video recorder or generic computer hard drive you can better understand how to properly recover DVR evidence, what you can rely on and what you cannot.
Photoshop in the Video Analysis Workflow
Law enforcement has used photoshop since the early 1990s for everything from color correcting crime scene photos to enhancing fingerprints – as well as part of the video analysis workflow. Whether working with a video file or a sequence of still images, Photoshop can be used for clarification, annotation, labels, exporting video files, still images, and multi-page PDF documents. In this presentation, George Reis will show a simple workflow utilizing the strengths of Photoshop in an efficient workflow.
Video Evidence and Photogrammetry – From the Field Through Analysis
Accident Reconstructionists recognize the value in photogrammetry for the purposes of measurement, placement, and analysis of physical evidence captured in still photographs. Photogrammetry based on video images can be performed for the same purpose, but it is often overlooked or degraded to a source of approximation. This is largely due to the quality of the video evidence or the resources available to the investigator. This session will address how analysts can successfully incorporate video evidence into their workflow from the field investigation through the analysis.
Meet Our Speakers
Grant Fredericks is a Certified Forensic Video Analyst and a contract instructor at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. He is the owner of Forensic Video Solutions and is an instructor for the Law Enforcement & Emergency Services Video Association. As a consultant for Major Crime and Joint Forces Operations involving video evidence, Grant has provided technical assistance for high‐profile investigations in the UK, Canada, the United States and in many other jurisdictions around the world. Grant was the Technical Manager for a large-scale criminal investigation in 2011 involving over 5,000 hours of video evidence, directing the work of fifty forensic video analysts from the US, Canada and the UK. His work won the IACP’s top award for Technical Advances in a Criminal Investigation. Grant is a consultant to the US Department of Justice, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Institute of Justice and is a co‐author of the standards document Digital Video Systems Minimum Performance Specifications for Digital In‐Car Video Recording Systems for US law enforcement agencies. Grant is a former police officer and coordinator of the Vancouver Police Forensic Video Unit in Canada.
Retired Sergeant and Use of Force Trainer
In addition to successfully completing the Certification in Force Analysis course from the Force Science Institute, Borden was also the first person in the world to complete the Advanced Force Science Specialist Program created by the Institute holding that Certification independently for nearly three years.
Principal and Founder of Daigle Law Group
Attorney Daigle is the principal and founder of Daigle Law Group, LLC, a firm that specializes in law enforcement operations, with an emphasis on management operational consulting services. His experience focuses on civil rights actions, including police misconduct litigation and employment actions. Mr. Daigle acts as legal advisor to police departments across the country, providing legal advice to law enforcement command staff and officers in the areas of legal liability, policy development, employment issues, use of force, laws of arrest and search and seizure. His experience focuses on internal affairs operations and use of force, specifically in the training, investigation, and supervision of force and deadly force incidents. Attorney Daigle speaks at seminars and conferences across the Country focusing on legal standards for effective and constitutional police operation.
He has served as a member of the Independent Monitoring Teams for Oakland CA and formally for Niagara Falls NY. He has worked with Law Enforcement Agencies who are under investigation of a Consent Decree by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Litigation Section. Attorney Daigle developed the DLG Policy Center which provides consulting services on policy development to departments across the Country.
Attorney Daigle is General Counsel for FBI- Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and a member of their instructor cadre teaching Supervisory Liability. He is a member of the Board of Directors for American for Effective Law Enforcement, he holds his Certified Litigation Specialist Certificate and is a member of their instructor cadre. He was the Chair of the IACP Legal Officers Section and instructs at the IACP conference. Attorney Daigle is the Chairman of the Legal Section for the National Tactical Officers Association. He has completed the Force Science Institute Certification and Advanced Specialist training programs. He is a former member of the Connecticut State Police and now maintains his certification as a reserve officer.
Detective - Forensic Video Analyst / Mobile Device Examiner
Brandon Epstein is as a Detective with the Middlesex County, NJ Prosecutors Office, assigned to the Digital Forensic Laboratory. He is a Certified Forensic Video Analyst (CFVA) and Certified Forensic Video Examiner (CFVE) and is a member of the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence, the IAI Forensic Video Certification Board, the IACP Cybercrime and Digital Evidence committee and ASTM Committee E30 on Forensic Science. He regularly provides digital forensic instruction to local, state, and federal law enforcement officers nationwide.
Architect - Area Technology Centers at Chicago Police Department
Detective Michael Chiocca has been a sworn law enforcement professional for over 29 years. Detective Chiocca built the current digital forensic capability of the Chicago Police Department Detective Division from the ground up. Detective Chiocca designed the entire scope of the program, now known as the Area Technology Centers. These Centers now are available at all five Detective Area Headquarters and were acknowledged as a 2019 City of Chicago public safety key result. Detective Chiocca researched, specifically configured the hardware, selected the software used, wrote the policies and procedures, interviewed and selected the practitioners, and then developed, authored and administered the entire digital curriculum. The Area Technology Center capabilities now added include; forensic video analysis, call detail records analysis, mobile device extractions, mobile device advanced unlocking, social media crime video posting for suspect identification, and much, much more.
Trainer and Owner, Imaging Forensics
George Reis provides training and consulting in video analysis, photo analysis, and forensic photography through Imaging Forensics. He is a Certified Forensic Video Analyst through LEVA and is certified in Forensic Photography through LEVA. He has provided training to thousands of officers, investigators, and analysts throughout the world over the past 25 years. His background includes 15 years at the Newport Beach (CA) Police Department.
Paul Taylor, PhD.
Paul Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver where he studies human factors and system safety in the context of use-of-force encounters.
Dr. Taylor has over ten years of practical law enforcement experience including time as a department training manager, patrol sergeant, field training officer, and use-of-force instructor. He is a Colorado POST certified train-the-trainer and an IADLEST Certified Instructor. Dr. Taylor has delivered law enforcement instruction for academy, field training, and advanced in-service audiences as well as graduate and undergraduate level courses in both classroom and online formats.
He is actively engaged in law enforcement research and training across the United States and regularly presents at both academic and practitioner conferences.
Technology Manager, DME
Tim has been working in forensics since 2005 when he began as audio, video and image specialist with the Victoria Police in Australia. While there he developed novel methods for video recovery from various devices, particularly surveillance DVRs. Since 2017 Tim has been working in Colorado with DME Forensics. As the technology manager he continues to conduct forensic casework and coordinates the development of forensic recovery software such as DVR Examiner.
Engineer / Accident Reconstructionist
Justin Wagner is an engineer and accident reconstructionist with Moody Engineering in Austin, Texas. Mr. Wagner holds a Professional Engineering License in The State of Texas and he is accredited through The Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstructionists (ACTAR). Throughout his career has had the privilege of investigating and analyzing hundreds of motor vehicle accidents involving commercial vehicles, passenger cars, freight trains, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. As part of his work Mr. Wagner has provided expert testimony pertaining to his investigations.
Technical Director, iNPUT-ACE
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are CEU credits issued as part of the course?
- Yes, these training courses are eligible for receiving CEUs. We will provide the proper documentation needed for you to submit training hours with your accrediting body.
What if I want to bring my whole team?
- We have flexibility that allows larger agencies to participate under one transaction. Please contact us to discuss our enterprise training plans.
Can I ask questions?
- Questions were asked during the live recording, but will not be possible while watching the recorded sessions. As always, you can contact us with any questions you might have.
Do I need a headset?
- No, but may prefer to use headphones. For audio, you will be able to use your computer audio or dial-in using the provided phone number.
Will you host another live symposium soon?
- We will certainly host another live symposium in the future! The first one was a huge success and we look forward to continuing with them in the future.
The team at iNPUT-ACE is managed by certified forensic video analysts who provide training to thousands of investigators and forensic analysts every year. Our experts deliver training through state and local agencies and through organizations such as the FBI National Academy, LEVA, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and many other leading law enforcement organizations. INPUT-ACE is the only software company that employs a team of analysts that regularly is admitted as experts in criminal and civil trials in various countries around the world. Because we are on the forefront of the practical application of video investigations from the crime scene to the courtroom, we at iNPUT-ACE are constantly developing our software to meet the evolving needs of our law enforcement clients.