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Giglio v. United States | A Case Study

Giglio v. United States | A Case Study

By: CaseGuard

  Law enforcement officers both at the federal and state/local levels in the United States depend on their reputations to achieve successful prosecutions. Whether it be through oral testimony given in a court of law or using the written word, law enforcement officers must strive to always tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Taking this into consideration, what happens when...

Apr 08, 2019
Surveillance

Surveillance

By: CaseGuard

  Conducting surveillance in furtherance of a criminal investigation can be one of the most crucial and beneficial actions a law enforcement officer engages in. In addition to the more traditional definition of surveillance in which a law enforcement officer follows and observes a suspect or observes a suspect from a fixed location, surveillance today can also include observing a suspect or...

Apr 01, 2019
Body and Dash-Mounted Cameras | Civil Liabilities

Body and Dash-Mounted Cameras | Civil Liabilities

By: CaseGuard

  Moving on from the discussion surrounding criminal prosecution and the legal use of cameras, now we will examine some civil liability considerations in the use of cameras.   Cameras as a Witness and Evidence The very reason cameras exist is out of disbelief. When Detective Surgeoner started...

Mar 25, 2019
In Memory of Sergeant Robert T. Hannah

In Memory of Sergeant Robert T. Hannah

By: CaseGuard

  No one knows better the danger that a tense circumstance can present than police in the United States. Constantly under pressure to control people who are guaranteed rights that provide them a wide latitude of no control, the scenarios that citizens can present range from the mundane to sheer terror, even for a trained professional. With that thought, we continue to reflect on moments in the...

Mar 18, 2019
GDPR Impact on Digital Content

GDPR Impact on Digital Content

By: CaseGuard

  In our last article we discussed the general impact the GDPR places on businesses. In this article we’ll focus on the impact on digital content and assets held by businesses that will ultimately be subject to the new regulation.   The ‘Natural Person’ and Purge Requests The GDPR defines natural persons as those citizens who have data and privacy concerns, that trump those data and privacy...

Mar 11, 2019
Digital Evidence EXIF Data

Digital Evidence EXIF Data

By: CaseGuard

  EXIF (Exchangeable Image File) data is another layer of metadata. As you may recall from our article on metadata, it serves as a library card of sorts, that categorizes specific data about a piece of digital evidence we are working with, that help in authentication and identification of its origin. EXIF data is another layer beyond that metadata, and it’s specific to photographs and video...

Mar 04, 2019
Proactive Public Records

Proactive Public Records

By: CaseGuard

  You’ve got your redaction and enhancement software. You’ve got fully trained records staff, fully trained investigative staff, you’ve got the ball rolling hard on this issue of public records and media requests. And yet, you still can’t stem the tide. You’re responding to every request, but your agency is still getting less than favorable reaction from the media and the community. Maybe that’s...

Feb 25, 2019
In Memory of Sheriff Louis J. Miesner

In Memory of Sheriff Louis J. Miesner

By: CaseGuard

  No one knows better the danger that a tense circumstance can present than police in the United States. Constantly under pressure to control people who are guaranteed rights that provide them a wide latitude of no control, the scenarios that citizens can present range from the mundane to sheer terror, even for a trained professional. With that thought, we continue to reflect on moments in the...

Feb 18, 2019
Digital Evidence Video Resolution

Digital Evidence Video Resolution

By: CaseGuard

  We’ve talked about frame rates previously, and how the human eye can “artifact” details, or fill in what it perceives should be in the image when the frame rate is poor. Now let’s discuss camera resolution and how it affects the videos your agency is recording.   Interlaced Image and “Artifacting” Interlaced...

Feb 11, 2019
Digital Evidence Video Frame Rates

Digital Evidence Video Frame Rates

By: CaseGuard

  Digital evidence video frame rates are an often overlooked topic when discussing the tools used to capture digital evidence. From body worn cameras, to interview room cameras, and everything in between, and beyond, we forget to evaluate devices based on their Frames Per Second (fps) rate, and from the start of any new endeavor, handcuff our agencies to the limitations of what those devices can...

Feb 04, 2019

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