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Forty students representing sixteen UK police agencies successfully completed LEVA’s Level 1 course. The five-day class was hosted by the Greater Manchester Police.
John Kennedy, LEVA's International Strategies Program Manager, has long advocated for these classes in the UK. He hosted several as far back as 2004. "This is quite a remarkable achievement for all," he remarked, "especially for the those in the UK who have long awaited for this high quality of training in the science of forensic video analysis." He concluded, "LEVA is a first-class global training resource and its instructors are keen to gladly share their insights, experiences and superb technical skills."
Andy Bean of West Yorkshire Police cited “This course took us to a whole other level!” His reaction was like many even though they had been doing CCTV collection and / or video processing for quite some time.
Mark Davies of Nottinghamshire Police noted, “This is my 12th year in this field of work. I have worked as a technician, a supervisor of technicians and now essentially a department manager.” Mark attended with three colleagues from Nottinghamshire. “We concluded that it is an invaluable course to anyone dealing with Digital Multimedia Evidence.” He urges others “to wake up to the importance of having properly trained staff” in the science of forensic video analysis. He concluded, “Whenever your organisation visits the UK, I will push very hard to find funding for as many more staff as possible.”
Donna Hirst, supervisor with Thames Valley Police, remarked, “We were all very impressed with the course, the content and the skill, knowledge and delivery of the trainers. It’s about the only training we ever had that is so specific and relevant to our business area.”
The Level 2 course will be held in May again hosted by the GMP. It is full. More courses will be scheduled and conducted including Levels 3 and 4.