FWPD's New Forensic Video Tool (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose - 21Alive

August 23, 2013 Updated Aug 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE , Ind. (21Alive) – Fort Wayne police now have the same forensic tool as the FBI in Washington.

Many times we get surveillance video from a bank or pharmacy robbery and it's really difficult to identify who is on the screen.

Thanks to donations from local banks, credit unions, grocery stores and civic organizations, the police department bought 20 field kits called Omnivore worth $18,000.

Detectives can use u-s-b drives to capture video right from the source and play it back on their lab computers, no matter what type of recording device had been used.

The video can also be enhanced, so the fuzzy or dark images can be seen more clearly.

And this tool also creates a forensic log, to document what was done to the video and when, so it can pass muster in court.

“I think the clarity is going to be a lot greater. I think there's going to be people able to look at these images and make identifications. I think, ultimately, it's going to help us solve crime, and solve crime quicker,” says Chief Rusty York.

The system will go online in a few weeks.

Detectives are going for a week of training at the University of Indianapolis, then will come back and train colleagues here.

1500 police agencies around the world use this technology, and it's accredited and accepted in courts as legitimate forensic tools.

Imagine seeing a dark screen because the lighting was so poor.

Using this technology, detectives can use filters to lift layers of darkness to the point where you can read a license plate.

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