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FULL! LEVA Level 1: Forensic Video Analysis & The Law: Toronto

February 15 @ 9:00 am - February 19 @ 6:00 pm


The Toronto Police College is hosting a virtual LEVA Level 1 class.

Students will meet in a classroom at the college arranged for social distancing.

Virtual instruction will be delivered via Zoom.

Key Info: Student must bring their own laptops.  Click HERE to see a list of software requirements.  LEVA will ship additional equipment to the college for students to use (Network Video Recorder, Write Blocker).   The roster is limited to 20 students.

Who Can Apply?   Employees of any international, federal, state/provincial, or local government agency may apply.  Unfortunately, this class cannot accept any registrations from an employee of a corporate / private sector business.

Curriculum 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.

Class begins each day at 9 AM Eastern Time. On Friday, class will be dismissed by 4:30 PM.

Location:   Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham St, Etobicoke, ON M8V 2Z5 in rooms 103/104.

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

LEVA Membership:

LEVA membership is not required to attend Level 1.

Credits and Certificate:

LEVA will also issue a certificate to each student who passes 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.

Students not seeking Certification may receive a Certificate of Attendance without taking the final course written examination.

  • At anytime during the course, a student may elect not to take the final exam or may choose not to accept the results of the final exam.  Students who elect either choice are eligible to retake the exam.
  • Only those students, who achieve a passing grade in the course, including the final exam, will receive a Certificate of Completion.  All others will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
  • Students must achieve a Certificate of Completion in lower level courses in order to be eligible to write a higher-level exam.
  • Students, who ‘opt-­out’ of the course exam for any reason, may elect to take the exam at any regularly scheduled LEVA exam time during any of the core courses or the LEVA Annual Training Conference.
  • The rescheduled exam must be taken within twelve months of the course taken.
  • Students may retake an exam only once.  If a passing score is not achieved, the student  must retake the course.

Travel & Accommodation:

Students are responsible for securing their own lodging and all ground transportation.

Parking is free at the college.  More details will be provided after registering.


The course will end by 4:30 P.M. on that Friday. .


There is a cafeteria on-site and numerous restaurants and fast food places close by.


  • USD1,100 (any local, state or federal government agency or office).
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 February 5, 2021. You can pay on-line when registering. Other payment options are check, wire transfer and credit card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express only).


With the exception of war, government regulation, disaster, strikes or exigent circumstances, a refund will be approved minus a USD25 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 conference registration.

Click here to register

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. Registering for any LEVA class indicates they fully understand they are not receiving any certification from this course alone 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


February 15 @ 9:00 am
February 19 @ 6:00 pm
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