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Tavcom Training BTEC Level 3 assists police in the gathering of video evidence


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Tavcom Training, part of Linx International Group, is supporting police forces transformation programmes, as they work towards the Policing Vision 2025 and adapt to the rise in digital evidence, with its Gathering Video Evidence course.

Earlier this year the CoPaCC National Police ICT User Survey results were published and topping the list of digital evidence challenges for the 3,500 police professionals in England & Wales that responded were issues relating to CCTV evidence. The main 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 ten years, CCTV technology has undergone a transformation, along with the much wider digital evidence revolution,” says 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 to 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 be used for investigation and prosecution. Saywell adds: “The speed with which police officers can obtain video evidence can have a major impact on an investigation enabling charges to be brought faster.”

The Gathering Video Evidence syllabus includes:

  • 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 trail
  • Equipment required for the role
  • How CCTV systems work
  • Export methods and media used
  • Practical application of theory using DVR’s and NVR’s and 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 and bookings can be made at:

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