Citizen submitted video
Police officers are regularly tasked with obtaining visual evidence of crimes. This evidence can range from cell phone recordings to videos captured by home security systems such as Ring and Nest cameras. Recently, public evidence submission portals allow for officers and investigators to send upload links to individual citizens via email or text message. These upload links, tied to a case number created by the officer, allow for the citizen to select an image or video from their device and submit it through a web browser to a secure file storage system. Law enforcement then has the ability to review, store, and share the video for use in investigations and prosecutions.
Additionally, for use on a case-by-case basis, public evidence submission portals may allow for agencies to solicit citizen submitted video in response to large scale or critical incidents. Instead of sending a specific upload link to individual citizens, agencies can create and disseminate a public web link where anyone with the link can submit images and videos for police to review.
The use of public evidence portals to obtain visual evidence has proven to be an efficient method to easily obtain video and image evidence from citizens. No longer does a victim or witness need to relinquish their phone to law enforcement to acquire evidence. Files are securely transmitted and stored for review and dissemination. Public evidence submission links serve to increase community engagement and may lead to the receipt of evidence that would previously not have been available. Due to their ease of use, efficiency, and security, public evidence submission portals will be standard in obtaining citizen images and video today and in the future.