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LEVA 2018 Explores Audio Forensics, Video Surveillance Privacy Issues

Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association International runs Nov. 5-9 at the Embassy Suites in San Antonio

WHITESBORO, TEX.—The 2018 LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium will present five days of coursework for government or private security video professionals. This year’s schedule will have a particular focus on forensic audio analysis, but will also discuss video privacy issues and explore best practices for managing digital evidence. The 29th annual symposium of the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association International runs Nov. 5-9 at the Embassy Suites in San Antonio.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on cell phone location and GPS tracking raises significant questions on civil liberties and privacy, which have implications for other digital surveillance tools like video. “Eye of the Storm: Examining the Issue of Privacy in Video Surveillance Governance” will discuss privacy considerations for government video usage and tools for assessing and developing policy.

Many agencies are familiar with video evidence, but are not experienced with audio evidence. “Fundamentals of Audio Clarification” will provide an overview of basic principles to consider when working with problematic audio from video recordings. Hands-on demonstrations and examples from real cases will also help provide attendees with a clear idea of tools and techniques available.

“There are very few training or network opportunities available anywhere for forensic audio specialists,” said Jan Garvin, LEVA Executive Director. LEVA 2018 will offer audio forensics sessions to help improve the skills of this underserved segment. We are going to have another great symposium, so now is the time to submit those training requests.”

LEVA 2018 will feature a combination of short seminars and multi-day courses. A two-day class, “Video Evidence for Investigators,” will help police agencies learn the value of video evidence and the critical importance of training. “Digital evidence is a great asset for public safety, but it’s also a logistical challenge,” Garvin explained. “Real-time human review has become increasingly impractical, so public safety experts need to learn how to share and collaborate while following best practices to maintain the chain of evidence.”

LEVA membership is not required to attend LEVA 2018, but classes can earn hours toward LEVA certification. Several classes have limited availability and require pre-registration. For the symposium schedule, pricing options, and hotel and travel information, visit