Tool Gathers Video and Photo Evidence from the Public

Amateur photographers and videographers — a.k.a. everyday smartphone users - are everywhere. Whenever a major criminal event occurs, such as the Boston Marathon bombing or the Vancouver hockey riots, a treasure trove of potential evidence awaits the eyes of investigators in the form of smartphone photos and videos. But how can an agency make it easy and even feasible to collect all of that data?

An article in the September-October 2014 issue of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center publication TechBeat, "Law Enforcement Agencies Can Follow the 'LEEDIR' to Secure Data Storage," explains how agencies such as the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office can utilize a new service, the Large Emergency Event Digital Information Repository (LLEDIR), to gather evidence from private smartphones and surveillance cameras and store it in the Cloud for investigative use. The service is free for qualifying events.

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