This story aired on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley on April 19th and detailed how video helped to identify the Boston Bombing suspects. Special thanks to Grant Fredericks for allowing the news crew access to his class and for all the requests for interviews he answered during the week of April 15th.
The Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association, (LEVA) maintains a network of trained forensic video analysts and facility at their digital multimedia evidence processing lab at the University of Indianapolis. This facility was designed for large scale forensic video processing and analysis efforts to be able to respond to acts of terrorism in the United States post September 11, 2001.
The Vancouver, British Columbia Police Department established a model in proper collection and analysis of digital video, image and multimedia evidence during their investigation of the Stanley Cup Riots in June, 2011. As a member agency of LEVA, Vancouver Police requested activation of the LEVA lab and the forensic video response team to assist with processing and examining the video and image evidence they had collected. This model set the standard for how large scale video and image evidence analysis efforts should be conducted and received national acclaim from the International Association of Chiefs of Police as the Vancouver Police Department and LEVA were both awarded commendations for excellence in forensic science. LEVA intends to follow the Vancouver Police model if called upon to assist in the examination and processing of digital video or multimedia evidence stemming from any major incident, including a terrorist act.
LEVA, and the more specifically the LEVA lab is the only place in the world where large scale video and digital image processing and analysis efforts can be undertaken quickly and efficiently. The LEVA lab and forensic video response team can be activated upon the request of any law enforcement agency to assist with the investigation of any large scale critical incident.