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Over 160 people attended LEVA’s 29th Annual Digital Multimedia Training Symposium in San Antonio, Texas during the week of November 5.

That is the best attendance of any preceding LEVA symposium. The growth reflects the interest, necessity and impact of LEVA’s digital multimedia evidence training program.

Attendees came from across the US, Canada, Scandinavia, Europe and the Caribbean. They represent law enforcement and public safety agencies at all levels, district attorney’s offices and private industry.

The LEVA Board of Directors thanks everyone including vendors and instructors who contributed to this truly memorable event.

Plans are already underway to mark the milestone of LEVA’s 30th annual training symposium. Put in on your calendars!

October 7-11, 2019, Denver, Colorado at the Doubletree hotel, 3203 Quebec Street.

Initial details, the Beta Data, will be made available in early January.

Direct any questions to Mr. Jan Garvin, LEVA Executive Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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LEVA and the Institute of Forensic Sciences (Instituto Di Scienze Forensi) have signed a multiyear partnership to bring LEVA training to Italy.  The initial classes are:

Level 1 "Forensic Video Analysis & the Law" will be conducted September 2 - 6, 2019.

Level 2 "Digital Multimedia Evidence Processing" will run November 4 - 8, 2019.

Both classes are limited to 24 seats.

These courses are among others listed under the Training tab at the top of LEVA's Home page and selecting Upcoming Training Events.

The ISF is headquartered in Milan. It was established in 2011 with the aim of creating a national center of excellence that could offer a single point of reference for consultancy, expertise and training in the vast field of forensic science.

The ISF is inspired by the police force model of numerous partners not only at national level but also European (London and Malta).

Read more about it here:

Discussions are underway to schedule the delivery of existing and new LEVA courses. There are new courses being developed that will be announced before the end of this year.

LEVA is proud to partner with the ISF and contributing to their growth and excellence.

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LEVA instruction teams recently held two weeklong courses at the Government Lab in Hong Kong.

LEVA Conducts Classes at Hong Kong Government Lab

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Level 1 team members were Dean Brown, MT Brown and Keith Swanson. Level 2 members were Scott Kuntz, Ed Baker, Larry Compton and Scott Sullivan.

All students did exceptional and passed the courses resulting in each being certified as LEVA Forensic Video Technicians.

Selected students will be identified by the Lab management to pursue LEVA Forensic Video Analyst certification.

LEVA teams will be returning early next year to conduct the Level 3 and 4 classes.

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LEVA and the African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute (AFRALTI) have signed a multi-year partnership to bring LEVA training to the eastern and southeastern states of Africa.

AFRALTI reached out to LEVA offering to explore partnering and host courses beginning in 2019.

AFRALTI is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. It was established in 1993 to supplement and spearhead Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) development efforts mainly in English-speaking Africa. Read more about it here:

Discussions are underway to schedule the delivery of existing and new LEVA courses. There are new courses being developed that will be announced before the end of this year.

LEVA is proud to have partnered with AFRALTI and we look forward to contributing to their vision of being a leading and self-sustaining Centre of Excellence for ICT skills growth in Africa.

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We are saddened to report the passing of Jim Padar, one of LEVA's founding members, its long-time webmaster and retired police officer of the Chicago Police Department.

He died peacefully at home July 11 after a lengthy and courageous battle against cancer.

Our thoughts are with his family which includes his son Jay, a Sergeant with the Chicago PD.

Jim Padar





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