Friday, September 23, 2011

On my way to Indianapolis

I'm on my way to Indianapolis to do some "heavy lifting," as Grant Fredericks would say.

"... It is there that the forensics team, which will include members from the VPD’s Integrated Riot Investigation Team (IRIT) as well as others from across the U.S. and U.K., will do the proverbial “heavy lifting.”

“Every single DVR case is a research project to determine what the best method of processing is based on how the images were produced in the first place,” he said.

All video must first be converted into one standard, uncompressed file. Suspected rioters will then be tagged with ‘metadata’ to catalogue details such as their clothing, which the computers can then latch onto over the thousands of hours of footage.

The response team was activated through the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA): a non-profit corporation with member agencies across the continent including the VPD.

When the two-week lab session ends in early October, the VPD will analyze the data from Vancouver and the process of identification — and the laying of charges — can begin.

LEVA’s response team operates on a mutual-aid agreement through its members, as each individual agency covers their own cost — so the VPD will not be on the hook for other departments’ bill ..."

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