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Effective January 1, 2015, LEVA will feature four levels of core courses. 

Basically, the 'Photographic Video Comparison' class will be designated as Level 3. The 'Advanced Forensic Video Analysis & the Law' class, currently referred to as Level 3, will become Level 4.

These are not new courses. Also, there is no impact on those who already graduated from earlier Comparison and Advanced classes.

Previously, one could take the Comparison course at any time. Now, it can only be taken after successful completion of Levels 1 and 2. And the new Level 3 must be completed before taking the Level 4 Advanced course.

Instructors have spent a great deal of time to develop a seamless yet powerful curricula that heightens skills dramatically at each step.

More information can be found on the LEVA website under the 'Training' tab and 'Upcoming Training Events'.

If further info is needed, please contact Jan Garvin, Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The United Kingdom’s Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSoFS) invited LEVA to its annual conference in Leicester on November 7, 2014. The invitation was to begin discussions on creating a partnership for the delivery of training leading to formal accreditation in forensic video analysis in the UK.

All UK practitioners in video analysis are now required to achieve accreditation by October 2017. It is proposed that CSoFS and LEVA develop a program that fills a training gap that meets the requirements of the UK’s Criminal Justice System.

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On October 10, six LEVA Certified Forensic Video Technicians were conferred as Certified Forensic Video Analysts during LEVA's 25th annual training symposium.

New LEVA Certified Forensic Video Analysts From left to right: Brad Barkhurst, Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission; Nicole Ruggiero, Ocean City, MD Police Department; Brewster Rolland-Keith, Rocky Mountain Information Network; Jordan Huslig, Grand Junction, CO Police Department; Jason Latham, DME Forensics and (not pictured) George Reis, Imaging Forensics.

 

 

Outgoing President Blaine Davison and LEVA Chairman Alan Salmon

 

 

LEVA Board Chairman Alan Salmon (r) congratulates outgoing LEVA President Blaine Davison and recognizes him for his four years of dedicated service while serving on the LEVA Board. Blaine was honored during the banquet concluding LEVA's 25th annual training symposium.

 

Photos courtesy of Clint Eastop.

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On Monday, October 27, 2014, LEVA submitted a response on behalf of its members to the National Commission on Forensic Science, which is recommending universal accreditation for all Forensic Science Service Providers (FSSPs).  LEVA believes that universal accreditation will negatively impact access to forensic video services.  In its submission, LEVA encouraged the NCFS to consider certification over accreditation for forensic video analysts.

The following is a statement regarding the NCFS position in support of the National Academy of Sciences’ recommendations to congress.


The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Report set forth 13 recommendations for forensic science services providers (FSSPs) to move towards best practices, standardization and improving the quality of services by adopting universal accreditation.   Many FSSPs delivering services in support of criminal, civil, and regulatory cases in the in the United States are not accredited to any national or international standard.  To achieve universal accreditation the Commission recommends that the Attorney General take action to promote and enforce universal accreditation. 

Click here to view LEVA’s response:

 

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FFmpeg: A Dynamic Forensic Video Workflow
 
 
Introduced at the LEVA conference, this 40-hour class has been called by many who attended the introductory session, "A game changer".  A pre-requisite is that applicants must have successfully completed LEVA's Level 1 course.
 
The application process is now open.  There are a limited number of seats.  Details can be found on the LEVA website at: https://www.leva.org/index.php/training/leva-training-schedule?start=10
 
Feel free to direct any questions to 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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