quality assurance in digital evidence

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Unformatted text preview: IOCE Conference AUDIO/VIDEO/IMAGE PANEL Barbara A. Snyder, QA Manager FAVIAU, FBI Lab Division, MAY 6, 2002 1 WHAT IS QUALITY ASSURANCE? WHAT IS QUALITY ASSURANCE? “Qualit y ” = Excellence, Superiority, the Degree or Grade of Excellence. “Assur e” = To inform confidently, with a view to removing doubt. (Assure refers to persons, and it alone has the sense of setting a person’s mind at rest.) “I nsur e or Ensur e” = To make safe or secure, as against loss or from harm. To make certain, to insure. 2 IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, WHEN DEALING WITH IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, WHEN DEALING WITH EVIDENCE, WHAT ARE WE ASSURING? We want to make sure the evidence from a crime is made safe and secure. We want to assure and insure that the personnel working with the evidence are well­trained and qualified. We want to insure that personnel have the right tools, equipment and secure space to do their job well. We want to insure that the organization acknowledges and supports the critical need for Quality Assurance, provides protocols, and maintains a QA system. 3 IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, WHEN DEALING WITH IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, WHEN DEALING WITH EVIDENCE, WHAT ARE WE ASSURING? We want to make sure the evidence from a crime is made safe and secure. We want to assure and insure that the personnel working with the evidence are well­trained and qualified. We want to insure that personnel have the right tools, equipment and secure space to do their job well. We want to insure that the organization acknowledges and supports the critical need for Quality Assurance, provides protocols, and maintains a QA system. 4 QUALITY ASSURANCE and QUALITY ASSURANCE and DIGITAL EVIDENCE Digital Evidence and Originality Volatile Reusable Authenticity, Verification, Manipulation Proprietary and Manufacturer issues Procurement Technical issues QA difficulties with Digital Evidence 5 FBI Laboratory has ASCLD­LAB accreditation ASCLD­LAB is the certifying body of ASCLD for traditional forensic disciplines As the accrediting body they outline protocols and conduct audits The Quality Assurance and Safety Unit of the FBI Laboratory Division assists the various Units in meeting ASCLD standards 6 AMERCAN SOCIETY OF CRIME AMERCAN SOCIETY OF CRIME LABORATORY DIRECTORS (ASCLD) QA EFFORTS OF FAVIAU QA EFFORTS OF FAVIAU Evidence handling Case Documentation Reporting Standard Operating Procedures Training and Certification of Examiners Proficiency Testing Courtroom Testimony Monitoring Audits 7 Individual law enforcement agencies working independently and together with other agencies : Through scientific working groups and forums, such as, IOCE, SWGDE and others To share knowledge, experiences, techniques To conduct and/or fund research aimed at developing new tools and techniques To strengthen the science All the above, will benefit Quality Assurance. THE LAW ENFORCEMENT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY AND QA 8 Thank you. 9 ...
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