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LEVA Level 2 Students taking the written exam.
LEVA Level 2 Students taking the written exam.

After successfully completing the Level 2 class in Manchester, England, “Digital Multimedia Evidence Processing”, LEVA conferred Forensic Video Technician certification to 35 students representing various UK agencies.

The LEVA instruction team of Scott Kuntz, Ed Baker, Larry Compton and David (Spready) Spreadborough were warmly welcomed by students who hope to attend the LEVA Level 3 and 4 courses next year.

John Kennedy, LEVA’s International Strategies Program Manager based in the UK, said, “This is another significant step for the UK’s forensic video and imaging communities to, not only participate in this marvelous training, but to continue developing a robust network for professional collaboration.”

For information on LEVA training, email Mr. Jan Garvin, LEVA Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Guy Gozem, QC, led legal instruction
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Forty students representing sixteen UK police agencies successfully completed LEVA’s Level 1 course. The five-day class was hosted by the Greater Manchester Police.

John Kennedy, LEVA's International Strategies Program Manager, has long advocated for these classes in the UK.  He hosted several as far back as 2004.  "This is quite a remarkable achievement for all," he remarked, "especially for the those in the UK who have long awaited for this high quality of training in the science of forensic video analysis."  He concluded, "LEVA is a first-class global training resource and its instructors are keen to gladly share their insights, experiences and superb technical skills."

Andy Bean of West Yorkshire Police cited “This course took us to a whole other level!” His reaction was like many even though they had been doing CCTV collection and / or video processing for quite some time.

Mark Davies of Nottinghamshire Police noted, “This is my 12th year in this field of work. I have worked as a technician, a supervisor of technicians and now essentially a department manager.” Mark attended with three colleagues from Nottinghamshire. “We concluded that it is an invaluable course to anyone dealing with Digital Multimedia Evidence.” He urges others “to wake up to the importance of having properly trained staff” in the science of forensic video analysis. He concluded, “Whenever your organisation visits the UK, I will push very hard to find funding for as many more staff as possible.”

Donna Hirst, supervisor with Thames Valley Police, remarked, “We were all very impressed with the course, the content and the skill, knowledge and delivery of the trainers. It’s about the only training we ever had that is so specific and relevant to our business area.”

The Level 2 course will be held in May again hosted by the GMP. It is full. More courses will be scheduled and conducted including Levels 3 and 4.

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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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Due to the overwhelming response for LEVA Level 1 classes, the course slated for June 26-30 in Seattle is now sold out.

However, one can register to be added to the Wait List. Click Here.

Plans are in the works to hold another Level 1 perhaps late in the summer. 

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

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Sunset in Clearwater - 2017

LEVA's 28th Annual Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium concluded with a stunning sunset cast on Clearwater Beach, Florida. 

There was international representation from Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Singapore, the UK and across Canada.

Plans are underway for the 2018 symposium in San Antonio, TX, November 5-9.


Points of Contact:

Symposium program: LEVA Executive Director Mr. Jan Garvin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


LEVA Executive Vice President Scott Olar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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