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LEVA Level 1: Forensic Video Analysis & The Law: Austell, Georgia

December 13 @ 8:00 am - December 17 @ 3:30 pm

December 13 – 17, 2021

Course Location: Cobb County Public Safety Police Academy, 2435 East-West Connector, Austell GA 30106.

Course Overview
The increased use of digital video systems by the general public has made digital multimedia evidence (DME) a significant and integral part of modern criminal and civil investigations.  Since there is no standard video recording system in use, the need for trained individuals who know how to properly recover this type of evidence has increased. Properly acquiring DME is crucial, as all other processes or use of the video is impacted by accuracy of the recovery.  This course introduces and provides a fundamental understanding of DME, introduces the types of systems likely to be encountered, discusses legal issues related to DME, and focuses on the proper recovery of DME. Level 1 prepares first responders such as officers, detectives, and crime scene investigators who may be responsible for collecting video evidence with the strong foundation needed for the correct recovery of the evidence along with methods for accurately disseminating information derived from the recovered video.  This class is also the first step for those students pursuing the Certified Forensic Video Technician (CFVT) or Certified Forensic Video Analysts (CFVA) certification and prepares the students for advanced classes in the field.

Instructors: Detective Dean Brown, Detective M.T. Brown, Detective Ed Baker (Ret) and Jonathan Hak, Q.C.

Who Can Apply?

1) Employees of any international, federal, state/provincial, or local public safety agency including the Dept. of Defense, Dept. of Homeland Security and educational institutions, may apply.

An applicant for educational pricing should be either a person who is a full-time instructor at a nationally accredited educational facility or is a full-time student. Neither can be employed in the imaging industry. *Tuition rate is below.

2) A select number of seats are available to the private sector (for-profit businesses).

With the exception of those applicants who supply video analysis services or CCTV equipment, other private sector applicants whose responsibilities include the development, sales or marketing of products or services to law enforcement will not be considered.

LEVA Membership:  LEVA membership is not required to attend Level 1.

Credits and Certificate: LEVA will also issue a certificate to each student who attends the course.

Completing this course is required before applying to the LEVA Level 2 course, “Digital Multimedia Evidence Processing.”

Successful completion of this basic level course satisfies a requirement toward LEVA’s Forensic Video Analyst and Technician certifications.

1) If any element is failed during course Levels 1, 2 or 3 requiring retesting, just the affected element(s) may be retested if the student requests it.

2) If any test element of the Level 4 is failed, the student must retake the full course.

3) A student who requests retaking must complete the retake within three months of the respective class end date.  The retake can be done virtually or at the next scheduled in-person class of the same level.

4) A student who requests a retake will be assessed a fee of $200 for each element either if retaken virtually or in-person.  Proceeds of the payment will be disbursed equally to those who administer / proctor the exam.

5) If a student fails the exam retake, they must attend the course again.

6) A student who must take a course again will pay the full prevailing tuition.

Travel & Accommodation:  Students are responsible for securing their own lodging and all ground transportation to / from the airport and between the hotel and class each day.

Nearest major airport: Atlanta – Hartsfield (ATL).  Drive time from airport to Austell is about 30 – 35 minutes.

REMINDER: The course will end by 3:30 P.M. on that Friday. Students should avoid scheduling a flight out Friday evening before 6:00 P.M.

Meals: All meals are the responsibility of the student.

Tuition: LEVA subsidizes training for Government agencies and non-profit organizations that offer forensic video services to law enforcement. Private sector, for-profit companies must pay the unsubsidized fee.

US$1100 (government, law enforcement, public safety, educational)

US$2000 (corporate / private sector)

NOTE: Registering only serves as a placeholder. Tuition payment secures the seat.

Unless otherwise arranged with LEVA, students accepted to attend must pay the course fee by December 1, 2021. You can pay on-line when registering. Other payment options are check, wire transfer and credit card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express only).

REFUND POLICY: With the exception of war, government regulation, disaster, strikes or exigent circumstances, a refund will be approved minus a $25 service charge. As an alternative, a student who must cancel may apply the full amount as a credit to a future LEVA class. Credit from a class cannot be applied for the annual training symposium registration.

Fill in the on-line registration by November 19, 2021.


You will be notified via e-mail that your application was received and its status of acceptance.

Essential Disclaimer
Graduates of the course receive a LEVA certificate indicating successful completion of the 40-hour curriculum. That certificate should NOT be interpreted as a certification of any type. By registering, the student indicates a full understanding they are not receiving any certification from this course and must refer to this training as LEVA’s on their resume, CV or any discoverable document. This class is not conducted to officially endorse any product or service.

Additional Information
For additional information regarding this course, contact Mr. Jan Garvin, LEVA Executive Director, at (540) 842-1742 or email: training@leva.org


December 13 @ 8:00 am
December 17 @ 3:30 pm
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Austell, Georgia
2435 East-West Connector
Austell, GA 30106 United States
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