oday, more than ever, organizations in the government sector are striving for transparency. Many sweeping police accountability and transparency bills are currently making their way through legislation nationwide. Just last year, a senate bill in Colorado (20-217) was announced which mandates that all video and audio records of incidents, in which there is a complaint of peace officer misconduct, must be released to the public within 21 days after the complaint is made.
Bill 20-217, and others like it around the country, place a large weight on departments to meet fast and demanding release deadlines for body worn camera footage. Departments are often left scrambling to find the help they need in order to remove any private information from each video before release. While some larger departments might have the capability to redact information from video internally, many organizations must rely on outsourced solutions. Sometimes internal reaction work is done quite hastily and mistakes are compounded by poor software solutions and under-trained employees.
Located in Denver, Colorado, Focal Forensics is a company committed to helping organizations redact and release video evidence in a secure and timely manner. We specialize in handling digital media evidence and take great pride in our video redaction offering. By removing the burden of video redaction entirely, departments can spend more time on serving their communities while conserving department resources.
Video redaction is a complex and often labor intensive process. The human eye is well versed at recognizing many facial features in low light from long distances.
Unfortunately, a similar feat with current automatic recognition solutions (AI) that claim to have 100% accurate redaction or reduce time by 90% are far from being reliable or time saving at all. The amount of work needed in order to fix the errors caused by automatic recognition platforms is significant.
At Focal Forensics, we pride ourselves on being the most accurate video redaction service due to our rigorous quality assurance program, which involves a manual frame by frame review of each video before being released back to each client. To put this into perspective, within a 10-minute video nearly 18,000 individual images are reviewed for accuracy. This process is necessary to eliminate the risk of exposing any private or unnecessary information.
Focal Forensics is committed to helping organizations redact and release video evidence in a secure and timely manner.