The value of forensic science: safer, healthier, wealthier and happier communities – that is the title of The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences conference for this year. Taking place on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd November at The Park Inn by Radisson, Northampton.
The aim of this year’s conference is to celebrate the contribution forensic science makes to society. This may begin with saving costs and time in criminal investigations – if not being indispensable to solving them. It may relate to the social and economic benefits of crime reduction and prevention by rapid and reliable detection, or – for example – to the social and economic benefits of identifying, sanctioning or supporting offenders with drug or mental health problems. It may relate to the role forensic science plays in detecting terrorist-related, financial or organised crime, or crime affecting the food supply or environment. It may relate to crime arising from human rights abuses or to the detection of miscarriages of justice, which demonstrate the role forensic science plays in underpinning the rule of law in a free society – at home and abroad.
The conference will offer presentations on novel advances and applications in forensic science, on successful contributions to casework, and on practices and procedures that maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of forensic science – especially in holistic approaches to crime reduction and prevention. The Conference will also include sessions on forensic science’s role in organised crime and counter-terrorism, cybercrime, and humanitarian investigations, and illustrating the central role of forensic science in preventing, as well as elucidating miscarriages of justice.
David Spreadborough, CFVA and Amped Software International Trainer, will be speaking at this event, about the importance of forensic methodology when analyzing CCTV, video and images. His keynote presentation will be on Thursday, from 14:10-14:50 in the Kent Suite.
One year on from the National Surveillance Camera Strategy, the landscape of CCTV is still evolving. Issues around governance, regulation and new technologies continue to have an impact. The Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s strategy looks to provide guidance and co-ordinate a national framework.
Attend this Westminster Briefing “Implementing the National Surveillance Camera Strategy: One Year On” on Wednesday 31st October, 2018 to hear from Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner and other experts, including David Spreadborough, Amped Software’s International Trainer. This is the ideal opportunity to explore best practice and hear about case studies of effective CCTV use.
Key Issues to be Addressed:
Update of the National Surveillance Camera Strategy
The role of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner in raising standards and ensuring best practice
Meeting regulatory and data protection obligations
CCTV and the Police: Ensuring better outcomes and working with other agencies
Forensics and the CCTV application
Partnership working across local services
Case studies of meeting and exceeding codes of practice
About the Day:
The morning session will aim to provide delegates with an up-to-date brief of the current regulatory framework and the new national surveillance camera strategy.
The afternoon session will focus on best practice in CCTV use. This is a good opportunity to explore how your organisation can meet the surveillance camera code of practice.
Who Should Attend?
Delegates will be drawn from all those who work with CCTV and surveillance cameras, including: CSPOs, CCTV Managers, CCTV Supervisors, Parking Managers, Enforcement Managers, Station Managers, Neighbourhood Managers, Community Safety Officers, local authorities, local councils, police services, police authorities, security companies, and all others with an interest in this area.
The University of Udine, together with The International Centre of Mechanical Sciences, are holding a seminar on October 24-25 in Udine, Italy that aims to provide a framework to introduce Forensic Image Analysis particularly to law students, but is also open to students from other disciples, including PhD students, young researchers, and professionals from the legal and public security fields.
The courses will be held during two days, divided into three sections: general, legal, IT. The general section provides a broad overview of forensic image analysis. The legal section focuses on the aspects of images and videos in a workplace environment, the issues concerning the protection of intellectual property and the circulation of protected material, and their use in court with reference to the civil law. In the IT section, students will be introduced to technologies that are used for the acquisition and analysis of images and videos.
The course aims to provide students with theoretical knowledge and also practical skills. For this reason, a session is scheduled to take place in the computer lab, on Thursday, October 25, with Martino Jerian, Amped Software CEO and Founder, who will teach students how to analyze images and videos with Amped Software products.
On Friday, October 19, Amped will be attending the ONIF (The Italian National Observatory for Computer Forensics ) annual conference in Amelia, Italy.
Join Marco Fontani, R&D Engineer at Amped Software, for his presentation entitled “Enhancement and Authentication of Digital Images and Video” to learn how Amped products assist in the analysis of image and video evidence for investigations.
ONIF is the Italian National Observatory of Computer Forensics, created by a pool of professionals in the field of digital and computer forensics. Its main goal is to promote the role of the ‘digital forensic expert witness’ as the subject that is capable of implementing existing best practices for the identification, acquisition, and analysis of digital evidence.
Some of the new simplicities
afforded to us can, unfortunately,
cloud ones’ judgement when
dealing with images and video for
Technology has, in most parts, made things incredibly easy. Take the example of photographs and video. We all now love to quickly snap a memory or record some footage of an event. We can adjust the colour or light, crop out unwanted parts, or trim the end of a video. It’s then a simple click on the share button to immediately have that sent to friends or family via a messaging app or social media.
Some of the new simplicities afforded to us can, unfortunately, cloud ones’ judgement when dealing with images and video for legal use. Why do it one way, when it’s so much easier to do it another, perhaps quicker way?
In late 2016, at the conclusion of a
trial in Nottingham Crown Court,
for four men involved in the murder
of Aqib Mazhar, Judge Rafferty
stated, “there must never be
another case in this country where
those analysing CCTV don’t have
the best equipment.”
The quote stems from the fact that
it wasn’t until the trial had started
that video material was properly
reviewed and that significantly
changed the weight of the evidence.
Whether it is CCTV evidence, mobile phone video or a sequence of images, the software used to review that evidence can alter the viewer’s interpretation. It could be that the player drops or misses frames. The player could present the video too dark, or too light. The player could change the shape and size of the image or video, resulting in objects appearing smaller or larger. Many surveillance system players alter the image to make it look better, even though that is not what was originally recorded – scary, but true.
In 2015, a conviction of Indecent Assault was overturned at the Court of Appeal. Mr Mohammed Islam was earlier convicted at Flintshire Magistrates Court, where a CCTV image of a vehicle, alleged to be his, was used as evidence. After analysis and enhancement, it was proved not to be his vehicle and his conviction quashed. Mr Islam’s lawyer, Adam Antoszkiw, later stated the crucial evidence was not properly examined because of financial constraints.
Multimedia evidence, especially CCTV or low-quality mobile phone footage must be handled with care.
Video evidence, whether it is from CCTV, a mobile phone, or a body-worn camera, can be extremely valuable in establishing facts.
Amped FIVE has become the standard software for Forensic Image and Video Enhancement.
David Spreadborough, Amped Software’s International Trainer, will show how video labs and CCTV units can expedite their workflow by utilizing this single application for an entire case. Finally, he will highlight some of the challenges faced by first responders and detectives when initially dealing with the evidence.
Don’t miss this Amped Software session entitled “Video – Everyone’s favorite evidence” on October 11 from 11:45 – 12:45, and more, at this year’s Digital Experience Event from October 9 – 11 in Van der Valk Hotel Utrecht, Netherlands, organized by our partner Data Expert.
This two-day event will feature Digital Forensics, Crime Analysis, and Training, exclusively for the crime combatting community from the Netherlands.