Police, crime lab personnel complete digital image enhancement
course at URI College of Pharmacy
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Dec. 5, 2000 -- During the weeks of Oct. 16 and 23,
thirty-seven police officers and two Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory
staff members attended one of two, one-week workshops on digital image enhancement.
The workshops were held in the newly constructed computerized classroom
in the Fogarty Health Science Building, the home of the College of Pharmacy
at the University of Rhode Island's Kingston campus.
The State Crime Laboratory, the Rhode Island Criminalists Associates
(RICA) and the College of Pharmacy jointly sponsored these workshops. David
"Ski" Witzke of PC Professionals, Inc., Lakewood, Wash., presented
the programs. At the request of Ronald DaSilva, president of the RICA, the
Rhode Island Justice Commission provided $26,485 in grant funding to pay
for the two workshops.
The course included instruction on the use of Windows® based computer
software, specifically Adobe® Photoshop®, in order to provide the
students with an understanding of forensic digital imaging concepts and
how those concepts can aid in their investigative process. Each student
had their own laptop computer workstation and participated in practical
application exercises including images of fingerprints, surveillance subjects
and video images of persons and objects which, if identifiable, could be
useful in an investigation.
"It is important that law enforcement and crime laboratory personnel
be familiar with the latest technology that may assist them in the analysis
of forensic evidence." said Dennis Hilliard, the director of the State
Crime Laboratory. "Being able to process images in this way may provide
information that would otherwise be disregarded during an investigation."
For Information: Dennis C. Hilliard 401 874-2893,
Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116