The Fall River (Mass.) Police Department and four other local police agencies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island have subscribed to Salient Stills' VideoFOCUS Pro, the company announced.
The subscription enables investigators from each city to quickly process crime scene video and speed up investigations and prosecutions. The annual subscription to VideoFOCUS Pro provides access to powerful forensic video enhancement tools, which, through concurrent licensing, can be shared between the departments. VideoFOCUS Pro is in use by hundreds of investigative agencies in over 20 countries and throughout the U.S.
"The Fall River Police Department is proud to partner with the suburban communities and Salient Stills so that we all can provide high-quality, high-tech investigative services, thus making the region a safer place," according to Fall River Police Chief Daniel Racine.
This video forensics system adoption is an example of progressive police departments sharing the cost of an investigative technology, and lowering the overall cost for each department,m according to Salient Stills.
In addition to Chief Racine, Chief Joseph Ferriera of Somerset (Mass.) PD, Chief George Arruda of Swansea (Mass.) PD, Chief Sid Wordell of Little Compton (R.I.) PD and Chief Thomas Blakey of Tiverton (R.I.) PD will oversee use of VideoFOCUS Pro by their investigators.
"By jointly purchasing a subscription to VideoFOCUS Pro, and sharing the resource when each needs it most, the departments gain access to this powerful video forensics technology at a much lower cost," according to Laura Teodosio, president and CEO of Salient Stills. "Doing so enables these smaller police departments to analyze local crime scene video immediately, instead of relying on state, regional or national crime labs to process video that can often take weeks."
Designed for use by law enforcement officers and using innovative processing algorithms, VideoFOCUS Pro dramatically improves the ability to capture and export fuzzy or grainy video from videotape, closed circuit TV systems, digital video cameras, cell phones and proprietary DVR formats. The systems generate higher resolution stills and videos to help identify suspects and produce other leads.