(MIDLOTHIAN, TEX.) – The Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) today announced it has received the August Vollmer Award in Forensic Science by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The award recognized LEVA’s work with the Vancouver Police Department’s investigation of the Stanley Cup Final riots in June 2011. The presentation was made during the annual IACP conference on Sept. 30 in San Diego.
During a two-week period last fall, a team of almost 40 LEVA-trained forensic video analysts worked with members of the Integrated Riot Investigation Team (IRIT) to analyze more than 5,000 hours of video evidence (as well as almost 1 million photographs) collected from hundreds of digital sources. Most of the video evidence came from private citizens who documented the riot with cameras and cell phones. To date, the analysis has resulted in nearly 900 charges recommended against 275 riot participants.
LEVA’s principal video forensic instructor, Grant Fredericks of Forensic Video Solutions, Inc., in Spokane, Wash., joined LEVA board member Det. Scott Sullivan of the Addison, Ill. Police Department to accept the award. Fredericks was the technical manager of the project, while Sullivan directed workflow data entry of the large volume of evidence. Video processing was conducted around the clock in the LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Processing Lab on campus at the University of Indianapolis.
“Their tireless efforts during those two weeks not only assured the project’s success but demonstrated large-scale analysis efforts like this are not only possible, but yield very tangible results,” said the LEVA Board of Directors in a statement.
LEVA will hold its 23rd annual conference Oct. 22-26 at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego. The five-day training conference will focus on digital multimedia evidence (DME) and include a Digital Asset Management Expo, as well as a full schedule of hands-on workshop and interactive educational sessions. For travel information, as well as the conference schedule and pricing options, visit leva.org.
LEVA is a nonprofit corporation committed to improving the quality of video training and promoting the use of state-of-the-art, effective equipment in the law enforcement and emergency services community. Our mission is to serve as a key resource to the global public safety community by focusing on the needs of video production and forensic imaging disciplines by providing opportunities for professional development through quality training and informational exchange. We make a positive contribution to a more competent public safety establishment. Find out more at leva.org.