Electronic Imaging for Police Investigations
I. Course Prefix/Number: LAE 236
Course Name: Electronic Imaging for Police Investigations
Credits: 3 (2 lecture; 2 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
2. To apply the principles of computer-based software imaging to capture, manipulate, stabilize and output to analyze video evidence.
3. To learn to follow best practices in business, the private sector, and police agencies to record, capture, edit, enhance, print and analyze video evidence.
4. To learn the basic elements of video enhancement.
5. To comprehend the fundamentals of fingerprint mechanics, locating and processing latent prints, and producing inked fingerprints correctly.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
A. CCTV design and applications
B. CCTV components and controls
C. Recording Methods: analog and digital
D. Retrieving video evidence/loading a source video clip
E. Video enhancement software and imaging systems
F. Video enhancement techniques and methods
G. Presentations in court
A. Forensic art and illustration
B. Interviewing techniques
C. Composite drawing and imaging software' and databases
A. Fingerprint mechanics
B. Locating and processing latent prints
C. Fingerprint taking techniques
D. Fingerprint classification and comparison
E. Automated fingerprint identification systems
F. Software-based AFIS and imaging systems
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Students will demonstrate proficiency and understanding of the course material by the following activities. Grades will be calculated according to the listed values:
Test on Unit 1 25%
Test on Unit 2 25%
Test on Unit 3 25%
Class Exercises/Class Participation 15%
Grading Scale: A: 100-90 B: 89-80 C: 79-70 D: 69-60 F: 59-0
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.