Police To Put Crime In Focus
The police department of Lewisville, Texas, has used a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Justice Department and about $2,800 from the city of Lewisville to purchase a video forensics system.
According to Assistant Chief David Fowler, the Avid Xpress equipment enhances videotape by brightening the picture, magnifying a frame, or synchronizing skipping video frames, which will help police catch suspects in any crime that occurs in the presence of a video camera.
Steve Chazin, product marketing manager for Avid Xpress, said the increased power and lower prices of computers and the advent of video forensics as acceptable evidence in court has driven up requests for forensics equipment from law enforcement agencies.
“The average person is videotaped or photographed over 40 times a day,” he noted. “If you’re looking for information on a person, you go to where the video cameras are.”
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Dallas Morning News (10/22/03) P. 1Q; Tllez, Lesley; McCann, Ian.