Many departments continue to be overwhelmed by the enormous growth of digital evidence. This isn’t likely going to change in 2023.
Police administrators can expect officers will encounter increasingly more digital evidence (particularly video).
Is your agency being strangled by digital evidence? If so, here’s what to do:
📌 Adopt policies and procedures for handling digital evidence.
📌 Select and train officers in digital evidence handling and processing (and provide frequent follow up training). Checkout NW3C, Inc. (digital evidence training) and Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association(video training).
📌 Provide officers with forensic video and imaging enhancement tools. Affordable tools are available to help investigators play proprietary video, extract still images, perform redactions, and carry out other enhancements. Check out Amped Replay (by Amped Software).
📌 Get a Digital Evidence Management System (DEMS) to secure digital evidence. A DEMS hashes evidence, controls and tracks user access, documents chain-of-custody, and enables officers to review and sort files. Digital evidence can also be easily shared with prosecutors. Check out DigitalOnQ.
More resources available in the playbook, as well as expert advice from:
- Accreditation by Major Steve Runge
- Active shooter response by Dr. Pete Blair
- Conflict management by Sergeant (ret.) Jason Lehman
- Crisis communications by Chief (ret.) Christopher Mannino
- Disaster response by Chief Tracy Frazzano
- Diversity, equity & inclusion by Chief timothy longo
- Early intervention systems by Chief Bob McNeilly
- Evidence-based policing by Tamara Herold, Ph.D.
- Female officer recruitment by Kym Craven
- Fentanyl by Ben Westhoff
- Field training by Sergeant Dan Greene
- Fusion centers by Lt. Jeff Keck
- Mental health outreach by Melissa Stone, MSW, LSW, EMDR Clinician
- Officer safety by Gordan Graham (co-founder of Lexipol)
- Officer wellness & human performance optimization by Mandy Nice
- Real-time crime centers by Sergeant Dalton Webb
- Recruitment by Officer Nate McGee
- School threat assessments by Sheriff Don Barnes
- Tactical disengagement by Lt. Ruben Lopez
- Technology by Captain Miriam Foxx
- Training by Scott Savage
- Transparency by Shaun L. Ward, D.M.