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LEVA Rolls Out Training at its Annual Conference

New technology and advanced techniques

Video analysts from across the U.S., Canada and Europe took part in a two-day DVR data recovery course offered at the 2013 LEVA training conference.

The Law Enforcement Video Association will hold its annual meeting on Oct. 6-10, 2014, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The organization―which actually has Law Enforcement & Emergency Services Video Association International as its full name―will have a wide variety of specialized training sessions as well as an exhibition floor for its attendees.

The 25-year-old organization moves its annual convention around but does have some favorite cities that it revisits.

“This is the third time LEVA has held its annual training symposium in Coeur d’Alene, the first being 2005,” said Jan Garvin, LEVA’s vice president for training. “Members have consistently named this location their favorite and that’s why LEVA keeps coming back.”

What attendees will find when they get to the conference are more than 40 training sessions that target the needs of law enforcement and emergency response video specialists. This includes topics such as “DVR Assessment and Recovery,” “Exploring the Power of FFMPEG: A Workflow for the Forensic Video Analyst,” “IACP Guidelines for Interview Room and In-Car Video Systems” and “Export Anything with Adobe Media Encoder.”

Garvin said that LEVA’s line up of educational sessions keeps growing as a result of the diverse needs of the group’s members.

“The schedule keeps getting richer and more diverse in content, offering a variety of training that should enhance almost everyone’s curriculum vitae,” he said. “There are more hands-on workshops than ever before because it adds to the sense of accomplishment and value.”

As for the exhibition floor, some of the well-known companies that will be there include Adobe, Ocean Systems, Axis Communications and Avid. A full list of exhibiting companies will be displayed in the next few weeks on LEVA’s Web site at

There will also be several events planned during the week of the conference designed to provide attendees the opportunity to network and collaborate with colleagues and friends. One of these includes CanaDay, which is becoming a traditional event.

Making a Case

If you’re thinking of making a case to attend the LEVA conference, go over the available sessions and note the ones that will advance your work and skills. LEVA does not intend to take the place of what is available to you in your workplace or nearby colleges, but rather offers specialties that specifically target the law enforcement and emergency response communities.

“There are training gaps everywhere, and LEVA tries to fill critical ones to further sharpen the skillset and maximize the investment of attending,” Garvin said.

Coeur d’Alene is a growing city on a plain in the northern Rocky Mountains, about 30 miles east of Spokane, Wash. Boasting many popular outdoor activities, the weather in Coeur d’Alene in early October generally has high temperatures of around 65F with only a modest chance of precipitation.

However, the main attraction during the LEVA conference is the event itself.

“LEVA is pushing the boundaries for its 25th anniversary training event,” Garvin said. “Session topics are diverse and presented by true professionals of their respective subject areas. Whether it’s for career enhancement or earning hours for LEVA certification, the training coupled with the networking and great location make it truly worthwhile to attend.”

If you work in video for a law enforcement or emergency response organization, the LEVA conference has much to offer and it’s a great chance to find out what your peers around the country are doing in their cities and agencies. Add to that the opportunity to learn new skills and sharpen your approach to collecting, storing and analyzing video, and LEVA should be considered in your annual education efforts.