Tavcom Training’s BTEC Level 3 course assists police in gathering video evidence

Linx International Group company Tavcom Training is actively supporting police force transformation programmes as the latter work towards the Policing Vision 2025 and adapt to the rise in digital evidence thanks to the development of its specialist training course on Gathering Video Evidence.

Earlier this year, the CoPaCC National Police ICT User Survey results were published. Topping the list of digital evidence challenges for the 3,500 police professionals in England & Wales who responded were issues relating to CCTV evidence. The key pain points are the sharing of evidence electronically with prosecutors (52.5%), manually collecting evidence such as CCTV video on site (51.8%) and converting proprietary CCTV video to a playable format (51.2%).

Developed in collaboration with the police and the Home Office, the Gathering Video Evidence BTEC Level 3 course was first launched in 2009 to support the new role of image retrieval officers. “In the following decade, CCTV technology has undergone a transformation, along with the much wider digital evidence revolution,” explained Andrew Saywell, sales manager at Tavcom Training.

The three-day, classroom-based course blends theory and practice to help those involved with the retrieval of video evidence overcome the challenges highlighted in the CoPaCC National Police ICT User Survey. In doing so, it helps to ensure police officers have timely access to better quality footage which can then be used for all-important investigation and prosecution purposes.

Saywell added: “The speed with which police officers can obtain video evidence can have a major impact on an investigation, enabling charges to be brought on a much faster basis.”

The Gathering Video Evidence syllabus includes a focus on the following areas:

*The impact of legislation on the retrieval of CCTV

*The range of national guidelines associated with image retrieval by law enforcement

*Customer relations when dealing with CCTV system owners

*Risk assessment approaches when carrying out their duties

*Evidence and exhibit management

*Audit trails

*Equipment required for the role

*How CCTV systems work

*Export methods and media used

*Practical application of theory using DVRs and NVRs plus the appropriate paperwork

*Making a network connection between laptop and NVR to enable image retrieval

The Gathering Video Evidence course runs on 25-27 November 2019 and 10-12 February 2020 at Tavcom’s Training Centre in Hampshire. Successful completion of the course will result in the award of a BTEC Level 3 Certificate. The cost of the course is £1,150+VAT.

*Bookings can be made online at: www.tavcom.com/training-courses/control-room/gathering-video-evidence

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