New Course Promotes Video Literacy

iNPUT-ACE is pleased to announce a new course for promoting Video Literacy!

Video evidence is becoming more prominent than ever before – it is involved in 85% of all cases and it’s frequently featured in the news.

Despite being a vital source of evidence, very little training exists on how to review video evidence effectively and efficiently.

Grant Fredericks, a certified Forensic Video Analyst and lecturer at the FBI National Academy, explained the importance of video training for police officers:

While I was in the Police Academy, they taught us how to shoot a gun, use handcuffs, apply minimal force, testify in court, and write a police report, among other basic policing functions.

Today it’s still pretty much the same in most police academies throughout North America, but there is no video literacy training.

And yet, police officers will use video more than they use their gun, more than they use force or testify and they will likely even use video more than they use handcuffs. Video is more common to police work today than any of the other functions that are currently taught.

The Video Examinations Course was designed with investigators in mind. Video is the most prolific source of evidence available to investigators today, and training is vital to understanding both the limitations and benefits of video evidence.

About the Course
Video Examinations for the Police Investigator exposes attendees to the latest methodologies for accurately interrogating digital multimedia evidence in criminal investigations. Each section of the course focuses on a specific technical limitation that investigators need to understand to properly handle and review video, plus guidance on leveraging the video to get more actionable intelligence from their evidence.

The curriculum was developed by experts with decades of combined experience in conducting video-centric investigations and testifying in court. iNPUT-ACE partnered with Grant Fredericks of Forensic Video Solutions to deliver this content.

Participants begin each section with a short, instructor-led overview of an investigative technique or issue before venturing into hands-on exercises from real-world, major crime casework where video evidence plays a critical role.

Through step-by-step exercises, students become proficient in best practices for interrogating video evidence and producing final observations, shot lists, and reports in preparation for charge approval and trial.

This live, online approach makes for an incredibly unique and memorable training experience.

Key Outcomes of the Video Examinations Course
The course itself is composed of two different 4-hour modules. Investigators who complete the course will achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Build competence through hands-on exercises using real case files
  • Overcome technical challenges with proprietary video files
  • Recognize how improper playback methods can alter the appearance of suspect activity in video
  • Learn to play and process video files safely without accidental alterations
  • Understand best practices for handling video from the crime scene to the courtroom
  • Learn common legal challenges and how to protect evidence during testimony
  • Review case examples where improper video practices lead to evidence dismissal during trial
  • Practice creating powerful demonstrative exhibits
  • Enhance the efficiency of videocentric investigations

Upon completion of the course, investigators will receive a certificate that can be used to apply for CEU credits.

About the Instructor
The December 9-10 course will be taught by Grant Fredericks, a Certified Forensic Video Analyst and a lecturer at the FBI National Academy. Grant has testified over 300 times in courts throughout the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, and in other parts of the world. Much of his work involves the accurate interpretation of video evidence in police Use of Force cases. As a consultant for Major Crime and Joint Forces Operations involving video evidence, Grant has provided technical assistance for high-profile investigations around the world.

In 2011, Grant was the Technical Manager for a large-scale civil unrest investigation involving over 5,000 hours of video evidence that captured the activity of several thousand rioters. Directing the work of fifty forensic video analysts, Grant managed the integration of the visual evidence into investigation packages which resulted in 800 criminal charges, all successfully prosecuted. His work, in that case, won the International Association of Chiefs of Police top award for Technical Advances in a Criminal Investigation.

Grant has consulted for the US Department of Justice, the IACP, and the National Institute of Justice. He is a co-author of the standards document Digital Video Systems Minimum Performance Specifications for US law enforcement agencies. Grant is a former police officer and coordinator of the Vancouver Police Forensic Video Unit in Canada.

How to Register (and an exclusive Promo Code)
If you’re interested in empowering your officers to be more effective and efficient in their investigations, register for the Video Investigator Course online today.

You can register by visiting the Video Investigator Course Page and click the “Register” button. During checkout you can use promo code “EVIDENCE50” to instantly receive a $50 discount on your registration!

[bold] Grant Fredericks will be teaching the class on December 9-10. [end bold] To view additional dates and the full library of iNPUT-ACE courses, visit the Events page.

Additional Resources for improving Video Literacy
The Video Examinations Course isn’t the only way that iNPUT-ACE is helping investigators improve video literacy. Several other resources are available:

2021 Video Evidence Trends Report: To identify the latest trends in video evidence, iNPUT-ACE surveyed hundreds of professionals across the industry. The results of this survey have been brought together in a free, new report, complete with 6 key findings, 20 visual graphs, and guidance on how industry leaders can navigate the quickly changing landscape of video evidence.

Test Your Knowledge of Video Evidence: This free quiz is designed to highlight some of the most common challenges that investigators face when dealing with video evidence. Test your knowledge by answering the ten questions as best you can. After each answer, an explanation will appear that shows why you got the question right or wrong.

Riot Investigations: How Video Evidence is Changing the Game: In this 10-minute video clip, learn how to use video in an effective and efficient manner in modern riot investigations.

On-Demand Webinar: How to Calculate Speed from Video Evidence: In this webinar, iNPUT-ACE Technical Director Andrew Fredericks will provide an in-depth look at the new VFR Lightboard and show how it has revolutionized the way we calculate speed and force from video evidence.

The Video Examinations for the Police Investigator Class is hosted by iNPUT-ACE. Founded by Forensic Video Analysts, their mission is to empower investigators with intuitive tools, expert training, and comprehensive support to further video-centric investigations. iNPUT-ACE strives to ensure every investigator can extract actionable intelligence from video evidence and quickly solve the technical challenges that are common in video files.

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