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What is video redaction?

Video redaction is the process of blurring out faces license plates, house numbers, and personally identifiable markings, such as body tattoos, or scars using a combination of automatic and manual video redaction software.  

Why might I need redaction?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives individuals the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.

FOIA raises issues not present in private sharing. Blurring faces and identifying information is necessary when releasing information to the public. Effective redaction is time consuming and labor intensive.  

Image redaction services include

  • The faces or any physical attributes (e.g. scars, tattoos, personalized clothing, of suspects, witnesses, undercover officers, confidential sources, ect.
  • Driver’s license or other ID cards
  • Addresses, house numbers, building names
  • Vehicle license plates.

Audio redaction services include

  • The voices, names, social security numbers, date of birth, home addresses, and other identifying information of confidential sources. 
  • Names and other identifying information of federal law enforcement officers.

  • We offer different types of audio redaction and can completely remove the unwanted content leaving a brief movement of silence or implement a specific beep desired.

When considering redaction as a service 

  • The time commitment to redact video can be overwhelming 
  • The support staff requirements can be difficult to manage
  • The associated costs with software can add up quickly  
  • The effect on officer’s lives should always be considered

As someone who works for a large bureaucratic municipality, it was a pleasure having Focal Forensics handle our video redactions. They were responsive every step of the way and the work was done in a very timely manner.

-Chris Manser City of Chicago

The new laws in California, SB-1421 and AB-748, allow the public to review records that were once exempt from the law. SB-1421 requires law enforcement agencies to publish use of force policies, sexual assault complaints, and dishonesty in investigations. It’s the first law to take effect on January 1st, following AB-748 on June 1st, which requires the release of body camera footage within 45-days of an incident.