If you are a police officer, investigator, detective, attorney, or anyone else looking for useful training courses, then you are in the right place!
Did you know that more than 85% of cases today involve video evidence? The prevalence of video evidence is only growing, and knowing the foundations of video evidence can significantly enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of your investigations.
Today we will introduce you to four cutting-edge classes that will provide both a great police training experience and the knowledge you need to grow as a video investigator.
Do I really need training to view video evidence?
People tend to think of video as the “silent witness” and that it “speaks for itself.”
During his recent interview with Eugene Liscio, certified Forensic Video Analyst Grant Fredericks called this concept one of “the most egregious arguments that I have heard in court today, because video does not speak for itself.”
Depending on the recording system, how it was recovered by investigators, and how it is played back, digital video evidence can be rendered unreliable in several ways:
- Colors may not be presented correctly
- Shapes can be distorted, altering the size and appearance of people and objects
- Frames can be dropped, changing the perception and speed of force.
A recent Use of Force Case in Ottawa demonstrated how much of a difference altered video can make during a case. In this particular instance, multiple frames were dropped which increased the appearance of force. You can see the difference for yourself in the two clips below. One is the incorrect file that was presented as evidence and shared with the media, while the other is the accurate file.
As you can see, the corrupted video has a distorted aspect ratio and the dropped frames increases the appearance of force.
These days, there are a lot of people who touch video evidence during an investigation.
What you may not realize is that inaccurate video is often accidentally created by investigators who simply press play without basic training.
It only takes one link in the chain to alter video evidence and change the way video is perceived, which is why training is so important for anyone who views video evidence.
How to maintain the accuracy of your video evidence
If you want to ensure you maintain the accuracy of your video evidence, then there are three keys to solving the issues:
- Video evidence must be recovered the right way.
- Investigators need access to basic tools and training to conduct their investigations safely while knowing when to “stay in their lane.”
- Opinions about video evidence should be defined by someone who has received more advanced training.
As we said earlier, over 80% of cases today involve video evidence. Specialty units do not have the capacity to review every video file in every case, often leading untrained investigators to review their own video evidence and take on tasks that can unknowingly alter the files. This can lead to misinterpretations and inaccurate evidence, causing challenges in court.
Police Training Options: What courses are available for Officers who want to learn about video evidence?
We all recognize the importance of training police when it comes to viewing or investigating video evidence. Here at iNPUT-ACE, we know video evidence. Our team has multiple Forensic Video Analysts and Technicians, plus decades of experience with testifying in court and training others.
We have put together several training certification courses. These courses are provided entirely online in an innovative, live environment. Students will learn from a certified instructor and receive hands-on experience working with real video evidence from actual cases thanks to our virtual machine system we have built specifically for these classes.
You do not need a software license with iNPUT-ACE to participate in this course or learn from it.
We offer four courses for different levels of expertise:
The Video Literacy course is an excellent introduction and should be watched by anybody who interacts with video evidence.
The Operator Certification course is perfect for investigators who simply need to play, organize, and investigate their video evidence safely.
The Examiner Certification course is ideal for users who need more advanced training on the technical aspects of video and its applications in the courtroom.
The Metrologist Certification course provides specialty units the expertise they need to measure distance and time from video evidence, including step-by-step methodologies for calculating vehicle speeds and suspect heights.
6 reasons to register for these training courses
1) Work with real case footage: This is not your typical online training experience. We have built a unique platform that provides you access to a cloud-hosted iNPUT-ACE machine and facilitates a fully hands-on experience with real video evidence from homicide and robbery cases.
2) Live Interactions with a Certified Trainer: We intentionally keep our training courses small so that you have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with our experienced training experts while they guide you through the hands-on exercises. Our trainers are professionals in video evidence who have both testified and taught at a national level. The image below shows our instructor’s view of the class operating on their individual virtual machines.
3) Flexible Scheduling: We know that the life of an investigator can be busy, which is why we allow for flexible scheduling. Purchase a voucher today and you can choose the dates that work best for you.
4) No Travel Required: Because our courses are online, you can save time and your travel budget. Courses can be taken from home, work, or wherever you have access to the internet and a computer.
5) Earn your Certification: Students who complete these courses will receive iNPUT-ACE certifications. And of course, students will be better equipped to interpret video evidence accurately.
6) Testify with Confidence: One of the more surprising revelations from our Video Trends survey report is that 43% of Major Crimes investigators who have testified about video in court have had less than 10 hours of total training time! Given the technical challenges and frequent mistakes that can be made with video, it is vital that agencies invest in police training when it comes to video evidence.
Register for Training Courses Today
Video evidence becomes more important every day. Quality training can make a big difference when it comes to the effectiveness and efficiency of your investigations. These are great training courses for police, attorneys, and anyone else who touches video evidence.
If you would like to register for any of our training courses, then complete the form below and we’ll be in touch!