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Understanding surveillance: Making the difference in the courtroom

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a whole video?  For Jason Dross, of Celina, Ohio, it’s worth at least $31,736.98. That’s how much he has to pay in court-ordered restitution after a video of him bench-pressing more than 500 pounds at his local YMCA aided in his workers’ compensation fraud conviction.

This crime could have been harder to prove had it not been for the quality surveillance performed and video gathered by BWC Special Investigations Department (SID) agents. It’s one thing to hear that Dross lifted large amounts of weights while claiming to be able to lift no more than 10 pounds, but it’s an entirely different matter to see the objective evidence.

Facts are stubborn, and it turns out they’re even harder to ignore. Good surveillance supports criminal investigators by establishing beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime has been committed. When it comes to preserving the State Insurance Fund for honest employers and truly injured workers, ensuring that SID has up-to-date electronic surveillance equipment is crucial to our mission of detecting and prosecuting workers’ compensation fraud.

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Yet, this technology is changing and improving every day. The equipment becomes better and the results not only become more certifiable, but also more valuable to an investigation. Because electronic surveillance is essential to any good investigation, the BWC, in partnership with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, is hosting an Electronic Surveillance Equipment Symposium on April 17.

Law enforcement professionals from state, local, federal and international agencies are invited to attend. Together, we will see the latest electronic surveillance equipment as well as seminar lectures and equipment demonstrations by some of the leading experts in the field. A few spots are still available, so register now if you’re a law enforcement official and would like to attend.

For more information, we also encourage you to read our previous articles on the ESES, “In Law Enforcement? Attend Our Free Symposium!” and “What to Expect at ESES 2014.”

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