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Inside Michigan State Police Biometrics and Identification Division: Audio and Video Analysis

Posted at 10:15 PM, Oct 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-01 23:39:32-04

LANSING, Mich. -- As FOX 17 continues taking you inside the Michigan State Police division that solves the state’s most complex crimes, we’re giving you a first ever look inside the MSP Audio and Video Analysis Unit, where cameras have never been permitted--until now.

Tucked away in a secret location, the unit in 2013 handled 463 incidents, 10 percent of those being from the west side of the state.

Detective Sgt. James Young is a certified video analyst through the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association, one of only 44 in the world. He walked us through video enhancement, pulling evidence out of a video most of us only see as black.

From surveillance video, Young can grab a photo of a suspect for facial recognition or identify a suspect’s height.

Through mathematical formulas, the detective is able to determine a suspect’s height within a half-inch.

Don’t miss FOX 17 News at 11 Thursday as we learn about the tools used in audio and visual analysis, forensic art and missing persons cases along with DNA research.