Survey Results

A Survey:  Building Video Literacy Among Police Investigators

The most prolific source of evidence available to the police investigator comes from video images.  How prepared is your agency?  Have your investigators received specialized training specifically focused on the examination of their video exhibits?  Or, does your agency adhere to the perspective that video is the Silent Witness that needs no interpretation? 

Approximately 400 North America police agencies responded to a series of questions designed to poll how they use visual evidence.  The following is an overview of some of the responses.

1) What best describes your Agency?

2) How many sworn officers are in your agency?

3) What types of video technology does your agency currently deploy (check all that apply)?

4) If your agency does not currently deploy body worn cameras, do you expect to deploy the technology in the future?

5) To the best of your knowledge, estimate the percentage of criminal investigations that include any form of video evidence from any source:

6) To the best of your knowledge, estimate the percentage of use of force complaints against your officers that include any form of video evidence from any source:

7) What in-house resources does your agency currently deploy that have obtained training in the science of video examinations (select all that apply)?

8) How do you respond to the following statement? Video is the ‘Silent Witness that speaks for itself’.

9) Do you expect that your agency will begin or continue to provide video examination training for all investigators and staff who handle video evidence?