Video is integral to modern-day criminal investigations, with its prevalence increasing with each passing year. Nearly every crime committed in public, and often in private, have some sort of video evidence that can be retrieved and used in our pursuit of justice. Our front-line responders and investigators are often unacquainted with the video systems that are common throughout the businesses and homes in our communities, leading to severe delays in our ability to investigate criminal activity. Worse yet, when crimes turn violent the presence of video is key in locating the perpetrators before they can do harm onto the public or law enforcement.

Through the Lens – Video Evidence Recovery Basics is a two-day long training course designed to assist law enforcement personnel in the retrieval of evidence from DVRs (digital video recorders) and other CCTV/video recording systems.

Using a mixture of classroom instruction and practical exercises, participants are given a broad experience of video retrieval at every stage of a case, from call to court. Hands-on use of numerous video systems, which are commonly encountered at homes and businesses, supplements instructor presentation. This provides participants the opportunity to obtain real-world experience in searching for and exporting video in mock scenarios design to challenge the attendees.

Topics covered include the basics of video technology, how video recorders function, area canvassing, DVR/video system usage, exporting video, report writing, evidence storage/retention, legal and ethical considerations, and court testimony. Participants are provided with materials and tools that will aid in their future video recovery efforts.

This class is open to any law enforcement personnel who may have occasion to retrieve video evidence, such as those in patrol, supervisory staff, detectives/investigators, crime scene technicians, and support staff (including civilians).

The course is designed and taught by active law enforcement personnel who have an expertise in video technology and digital evidence handling. Students will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.


No prior investigative or computer experience is required.

Must be employed by a law enforcement agency, a government regulatory/investigative body (liquor control commission, gaming control board, child protective services, animal control, state fraud investigations, arson investigations, corruption investigations, etc.), or a prosecuting attorney’s office. Inquiries as to eligibility may be made using our contact form.

Price: $395 per student | Bulk discounts available

Michigan: MCOLES 302/LED funds approved

Length: Sixteen hours (two days)

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