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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 certification@leva.org.

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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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Early in 2016 LEVA migrated to an entirely online membership system.

However, "Offline" payment is still available for agencies requiring invoices before processing payment.

Invoices and receipts are auto generated after you submit your new application or renewal form.

To Obtain an Invoice for Off-line payment processing:
Simply log-in and complete the Online Membership Renewal Form.

Choose "Offline Payment" for the payment method prior to submitting.

A PDF invoice will be made available to you via the "Membership History" menu option under "My Account".

When using "Offline Payment", your membership status will be marked "Pending" in our system until payment is received.

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One of our members, Mel Harris, recently shared his experience with a new Sony Smart TV that has the ability to record and store DCCTV evidence.

See the related post and download his PDF presentation over on DMEresources.com - click here.  Thanks for sharing Mel!

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LEVA’s 27th Annual Video Evidence and Training Symposium ended Friday night, November 18, in Scottsdale, AZ.

Newly LEVA Certified Forensic Video Analysts were introduced: Christi Noebel, Dallas County District Attorney's Office, TX; Chris Stoddard, Vancouver Police Department, BC; Jake Blythe, Key Forensic Services, Coventry, England.

Not only were agencies and companies represented from across the US and Canada, but outside of North America as well. There were attendees from Switzerland, Sweden, England, Brazil and Nigeria.

Paul Galanthay from the Geneva Police Department in Switzerland was singled out during the banquet. He brought 11 pounds of Swiss candy with him to share with his colleagues during the week. At the banquet, the favor was returned.  He was presented with three large Hershey bars. When he got back to his seat, he was called back to the podium four more times. Along with the Hershey bars, he ended up with five big bags of a variety of different "real" chocolate candy to take home and share with family, co-workers and the Swiss population. Included were Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Reeses, Babe Ruth, Twix, Butterfinger, Milky Way, Kit Kat, Nestles Crunch and a huge bag of M&Ms...the good stuff.

LEVA 2017 will be October 16-20 in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Details coming soon!

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