—The importance of video
footage as evidence in court cases cannot
be understated. As recent events such
as the Boston bombing have shown, video
is playing an increasingly vital role in identifying
the perpetrators of criminal activity
and bringing them to justice. That’s why
more law enforcement agencies are sending
their personnel for training in forensic
Founded in 1989, LEVA (Law Enforcement
& Emergency Services Video Association)
is a non-profit corporation that
provides advanced Forensic Video Analysis
training to the law enforcement community
using state-of-the-art tools and equipment.
Since offering our first training course in
2000 at Quantico, Va., our program has
The LEVA forensic video analysis certification
curriculum teaches the intricacies of
working with digital video, including DVR
processing, video extraction through DVR,
research and codec recognition, and more.
All of the training for our established curriculum
is provided in one facility, making
LEVA a one-of-a-kind program within the
Avid products have been essential tools
for our workflow since day one. In 2011,
when we assisted with the large-scale investigation
of the Vancouver Stanley Cup hockey
riots, we relied on Avid Media Composer
to create a database for the Vancouver police.
BOMBING SPURRED UPGRADE
In the aftermath of the Boston bombings,
LEVA’s board of directors voted to
upgrade all the equipment in our University
of Indianapolis lab facility. The main
goal was to provide students with cutting-edge
tools for training purposes, while
at the same time outfitting LEVA’s forensic
response team—which needs to be
prepared to help other law enforcement
agencies at a moment’s notice.
We purchased an Avid ISIS 5000 shared
storage system to replace an aging Unity
LANshare. Currently there are 20 Media
Composer/Ocean Systems dTective desktop
systems sharing the ISIS 5000 in our lab.
We store all of the content for our training
curriculum on ISIS. Students can access
the media they need, load it on their local
system and work with the video using the
tools we’ve asked them to use. When it’s
time to turn in the completed assignment,
they simply load it back on ISIS for review.
In the past, we were limited by the number
of connections we could make, and
where people could access the server. Not
anymore. Our new facility consists of a 32
TB Avid ISIS engine capable of 90 client
connections via Gigabit Ethernet.
NEW SYSTEM ELIMINATES
ISIS has eliminated the problems we
used to have—the accessibility of the system
has greatly enhanced the workflow
and collaboration between our faculty and
students. Plus, the scalability of the system
is tremendous. We’re currently working to
expand our system to include a second ISIS
engine and Avid Interplay.
These upgrades make the LEVA lab the
premiere place for forensic video and digital
multimedia analysis training. It also serves as
the most state-of-the-art and well-equipped
facility for any large-scale forensic video examination
and processing response.
I couldn’t be more pleased with ISIS—
and our partnership with Avid. As we continue
progressing and expanding, LEVA will
look to Avid to provide guidance, the latest
technology, and cutting-edge solutions to accelerate
our workflow and bolster our program.
Blaine Davison is the president of LEVA
and has been with the organization since
2005. He is also a detective with the Norman,
Okla. police department, where he
serves as the department’s forensic video
analyst. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, contact
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