Proving a competency starts with training. It’s not all about the training…but that’s where it starts!
Many people will have followed my adventures over the years, travelling all the way over to Indianapolis to receive training in Forensic Video Analysis courtesy of LEVA. I still remember my excitement at receiving my scholarship to attend Level 1, my arrival at the fantastic city, and the warmth afforded to me from my American colleagues.
I shall also not forget the numerous ‘Holy Shit’ moments!
Prior to receiving the training I had learned most things from books, internet research and the old faithful – trial and error! This however, took me back to basics. Most importantly though I learnt that that not knowing something was not a problem with me – It was just that I never knew that I needed to know it.
That point has stuck with me, and I mention it whilst training officers and staff myself in the Amped Software Forensic Image products. “You don’t know, what you don’t know!”
After many years of training and study (many paid personally by me), I was a very proud guy when I was certified as a Forensic Video Analyst by LEVA.
It has taken many years of work to get LEVA to the UK …..but they are now going through the final stages of preparations to conduct Level 1 and Level 2 in Greater Manchester Police.
There are still places left!
I know it’s coming up to the end of the financial year but, is there any money left in the pot? I know things are tight and money for training is unbelievably limited, but it’s worth asking the question!
One of the key benefits of LEVA training is its consideration to the importance of workflow. They don’t just say, “this is how you should acquire the footage”, but this is why.. and when you have it, this is what you can do with it, and this is how, and this is how to document the process……
Getting it, processing it, viewing it, analysing it, interpreting it, enhancing it, presenting it…..You get the picture!!!
It’s one of the reasons why I chose to use Amped FIVE, and then work with Amped. I had learnt that dealing with images and video required a sound forensic platform, and Amped provided that.
The First course (Level 1) is 20th – 24th March 2017
The second (Level 2) is 15th-19th May 2017
I’ll be at both, assisting my friends from across the pond with translation!
If you want to know more click here, or for more informal discussions, drop me a mail to david.spreadborough (a) ampedsoftware.com
Getting on the training ladder is now so important. If you can get on it now, then you will be more prepared for the future.