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Best Practices for the Retrieval of Video Evidence from Digital CCTV Systems (DCCTV Guide)

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FBI Forensic Audio, Video, and Image Analysis Unit (FAVIAU)The TSWG and the FBI Forensic Audio, Video, and Image Analysis Unit (FAVIAU), with the assistance of numerous International, Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies have developed the "Best Practices for the Retrieval of Video Evidence from Digital CCTV Systems" guide.

These best practices, guidelines, and recommendations are intended to provide personnel responsible for the collection of DCCTV evidence guidance in securing and collecting video data to maintain its integrity. Topics include native/proprietary file format, retrieval methods, media, legal concerns, and more. The 80 page guide is available as a .pdf version by clicking on the figure to the right.

For those desiring a printed version, the DCCTV guide is printed on waterproof paper sized (4.5x6") to fit into a pocket for field use. To request a hard copy of the guide, send an e-mail to pubs@tswg.gov with your name, organization, address, and phone number.

A DVD is also available to complement this publication. The Best Practices for the Installation of Closed-Circuit Television Recording Systems video features FBI Special Agent Renee Walker narrating a 20-minute program, which is based on a realistic case scenario featuring the do’s and don’ts of CCTV setup. The DVD contains exciting footage that captivates the audience while providing guidance to install CCTV to obtain the best possible recorded footage. Topics include general setup, resolution, cameras and camera placement, best collection methods of the recorded footage for law enforcement, native/proprietary file format, retrieval methods, and much more.

Requests for the DVD may be made by e-mailing cctvdvd@leo.gov. Requests should include the requester’s name, position, agency name, street address (no post office boxes), and telephone number. A video is also available on YouTube.

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