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Due to the overwhelming response for the sold out April LEVA Level 1 class, another Level 1 class has been scheduled.

June 26-30, the course will be hosted by the Seattle Police Department in Washington.

Limited seats are available. Details and registration are available by clicking HERE.

Direct any questions to LEVA Executive Director Jan Garvin,

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Amy Hak assists Cpl. Aiku Caretti
Dean Brown points out a process to Lt. Dave Barnett.
Jonathan Hak led the legal instruction with special focus on ethics and cognitive bias.
Keith Swanson explains Photoshop principles.
M.T. Brown demonstrates a retrieval technique.
Logan Brown prepares documents for student study.

40 students completed LEVA’s Level 1 “Forensic Video Analysis & the Law” course in Honolulu, Hawaii, February 13-17.

The Honolulu Police Department requested the 40-hour course for their staff to gain proficiency in accepted best practices of retrieving digital multimedia evidence (DME). Using LEVA’s mobile lab, students were provided a fundamental understanding of DME, introduced to the types of systems likely to be encountered, discussed legal issues related to DME, and focused on the proper recovery of DME.

The HPD faces the across-the-board challenges of retrieving video evidence from sources, such as, DVRs, cell phones and, very soon, body-worn camera systems.

LEVA’s instruction team consisted of Dean Brown, M.T. Brown, Keith Swanson, Jonathan Hak, and Amy Hak. Logan Brown contributed to coordinating many of the on-site administrative requirements during the week.

HPD Lt. Dave Barnett said the course was “exceptional and beyond expectations”. Discussions are underway to conduct other LEVA classes in Honolulu.

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As LEVA’s Technician and Analyst certification numbers grow, the LEVA Board has approved a new position to manage key functions within the program effective January 1, 2017.

Roger Cain, Certified Forensic Analyst for the Rocky Mountain Information Network in Phoenix, has enthusiastically volunteered to take on this new role of Certification Program Manager.

Roger’s #1 initial priority is to improve the mentoring process. Mentors are those LEVA Analysts who are selected to guide those who apply for Analyst certification. That guidance consists of maintaining close contact with the candidate, encouragement, suggestions and ensuring the case report submitted to the Certification Committee meets the threshold.

Also, new submissions for entry to the Analyst path will go to Roger and he will be the point of contact for questions dealing with the program.

Executive Director Jan Garvin proposed the position to allow him more time to devote to scheduling and managing all LEVA training including the annual video evidence symposiums. Jan has administered the certification program since its inception in 2002. His position will still retain oversight of the all facets of the certification program.

LEVA thanks Roger for his energy and commitment in assuming this new responsibility.

Roger can be reached at

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The following is provided to assist you in planning to attend the 28th Annual LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium this October.


October 16-20, 2017


Hilton Clearwater Beach
400 Mandalay Ave.
Clearwater, Florida 33767

Hotel Rate:

$165+tax daily that includes the resort fee, in-room WiFi access, valet/self-parking and more. Reservation deadline is September 21, 2017.

For those required to book at the US Federal lodging rate, contact Mr. Jan Garvin at the email address below.

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In a move to reflect the changing trends in tasks and advancing technology, LEVA has updated its Level 1 and Level 2 courses. These changes officially became effective January 1, 2017. The course titles have not changed.

Since LEVA first introduced forensic video analysis training in 1999, LEVA has always updated various curricula. However with the vastly advancing technology of the day, bold, and appropriate changes were necessary. With these changes LEVA continues to be the premiere source of training for processing digital multimedia evidence. These changes also solidify LEVA Forensic Video Certifications being widely recognized for contributing to a skilled workforce facing the growing volume of digital multimedia evidence.

The new Level 1, “Forensic Video Analysis & the Law” prepares first responders responsible for collecting video evidence with the strong foundation needed for the correct recovery and accurate dissemination of information derived from the recovered video. Level 1 introduces and provides a fundamental understanding of digital multimedia evidence, presents the types of systems likely to be encountered (such as body-worn video), discusses crucial legal issues related to digital multimedia evidence, and focuses on the proper recovery and primary processing of digital multimedia evidence. Level 1 is still the foundation for those aspiring for LEVA's Forensic Video Technician and Forensic Video Analyst Certifications.

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