Volume 13, Issue 7

A publication of the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety

September 12, 2016

News and Announcements

Ohio Law Enforcement Agency Certification Stats

Agency Applications Approved: 184
Agencies Earning Provisional Certification: 72
Agencies Earning Final Certification: 43


Forensic Video Analysis

What is it?
Forensic video analysis is the examination, comparison and evaluation of video in legal matters. The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) is committed to assisting Ohio law enforcement with FREE video examination through our dedicated Forensic Video Analysis Unit.

What We Can Do

What to Expect
When you request ODPS forensic video analysis, we will:

  1. Document item(s) received and details about their condition/contents and securely store them
  2. Assign the case for analysis, performing necessary steps as requested
  3. Issue our final product (video, still images, etc.) with an official report of our findings, including work performed, notes, images, and, if necessary, any additional evidence we may have created

All original media will be returned with our final product. For all cases we analyze, we will retain case notes and the final report indefinitely. For all homicides, active missing persons or unfound escapees, working copies of the evidence will also be kept indefinitely. For all other cases, working copies of the evidence will be retained for five years.

About the ODPS Forensic Video Analysis Unit
While there is currently no standardization in the field of forensic video analysis, the ODPS Forensic Video Analysis Unit offers:

All ODPS forensic video services are free.

What We “Can’t” Do
ODPS forensic video technicians cannot:

Cost Savings through Forensic Video Analysis
Information courtesy of Vancouver Police Department
The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) saved $815,800 by utilizing forensic video analysis in bank robbery investigations. When video evidence was seized, VPD was able to assign fewer detectives to the case. In addition, defendants in cases where video evidence was seized, pled guilty 96 percent of the time to drastically reduce the time and expense related to investigations and court proceedings.

Contact Us
FVAU@dps.ohio.gov for questions or to request services.


Training/Technical Assistance

Free Grant Writing Seminars

OCJS will host free Grant Writing training sessions throughout the remainder of 2016 on October 6 and November 9. The trainings will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Department of Public Safety 1970 W. Broad St. Columbus. OCJS's grant trainings provide an overview of the grant making process. Focus is on the major components of OCJS's applications including problem statements, project descriptions, program objectives, budget details and collaboration boards. Participants must register through the Public Safety Training Campus.

Click here to register. Select new user and follow the instructions given.

Space is limited to the first 30 registered participants. Email Melissa Darby or Jacquetta Al-Mubaslat with any questions.


Serving Survivors through Co-Advocacy

Time: 2:00-3:30 pm EST

About this Webinar
When survivors reach out for support and healing, they do so as more than just their experience of violence. They arrive with a range of needs that may be impacted by culture, language, accessibility and their own lived experiences. However, our services and supports are generally designed around areas of specialization, which means that when survivors have needs outside of our specialty, it often means referring them to another organization which can result in a delayed response to an immediate need. Co-advocacy offers an alternative to this model. Instead of sending survivors to other organizations for services, the co-advocacy model brings experts together to provide cohesive services that are centered in each survivor’s culture, language, and lived experience.

During this webinar a panel of experts from Deaf run, disability, and Latina organizations will discuss their experience engaging in co-advocacy, and will share strategies, tools, and approaches for effective co-advocacy. The webinar will also discuss why the success of this model relies on strong foundational relationships, forged through collaboration rather than informal partnerships, to provide sustainable holistic services for survivors.

About the Panelists
Alice Sykora, Deaf Unity
Christine King, Center for Human Development at the University of Alaska Anchorage
Heidi Notario-Smull, National Latin@ Netrowk Casa De Esperanza

Click HERE to register.



Family Law Survival Kit: Tipping the scales in favor of domestic violence survivors who have mental health concerns

November 1st, 2016 / 2:00-3:30 pm EST

It is all too common for perpetrators of domestic violence to emotionally harm their partners and then to use the depression, anxiety, trauma, etc. that they caused as justification for taking away survivors’ children. Too often survivors have to navigate a complex family law process without legal representation and without support. The Domestic Violence and Mental Health Collaboration Project in King County, WA created Family Law Toolkits for domestic violence advocates, attorneys, mental health service providers, and survivors. These tools enable survivors of domestic violence, particularly those with mental health concerns, to access the information, resources, and support they need to navigate the family law system successfully, and to protect themselves and their children from further harm. The scales of justice have not been balanced; we are tipping them by joining together. During this webinar, we will introduce the Family Law Toolkits, discuss why they are needed, and how to utilize them to improve outcomes for adults and children who have experienced domestic violence. We will also be sharing our new, free templates that you can use to adapt our tools for the needs of your community.

Learn more and register now!


Spotlight on Communities of Promise: Accessing Safety in Hennepin County

November 15th, 2016 / 2:00-3:30 pm EST (Minnesota)

Accessing Safety in Hennepin County is a collaboration between The Arc Greater Twin Cities (The Arc) and the Sexual Violence Center (SVC). The purpose of Accessing Safety in Hennepin County is to make The Arc and SVC safe places for people with developmental disabilities who are victims of sexual violence. During this webinar, learn more about the work of Accessing Safety in Hennepin County and their work to make the services at both organizations empowering for victims of sexual violence with developmental disabilities so that they have the skills and resources they need to heal. You will learn about their needs assessment process conducted in the summer of 2015 and the development of a strategic plan that outlines five initiatives to improve services. The webinar will include a history of this collaboration, why they choose to work together to support victim/survivors with disabilities, and the ways in which both organizations have benefited from a formal collaboration including tools that were developed as a result of the collaborations work.

Learn more and register now!