After years of endlessly sharpening pencils and breathing eraser dust, I’ve discovered a tool that’s made me a better artist. The funny thing is, it’s not much different than a pencil and in the user’s hand, works magic. Why? Because it’s digital Let me take you back, nearly 40 years ago when I first became…Details
Many of you have seen the name, SketchCop® Solutions bouncing around the internet. This month, I thought I would share the meaning of the title, our logo and what it represents. Brand establishment is important to companies and individuals. This includes my company – SketchCop® Solutions, Inc. We are a California-based corporation that provides forensic…Details
Working with the media can be an exciting opportunity for forensic artists. It’s a great way to showcase your work and increase both your credibility and professional standing. I recently appeared in HLN’s “Unmasking A Killer”, a frightening story of California’s Golden State Killer, a prolific serial rapist/killer who’s evaded capture for over 40 years.…Details
Those of us employed as Forensic Artists, either by a law enforcement agency, or as a private business offering forensic services, work hard behind the scenes providing investigative support for detectives. As a full-time forensic artist with the Baltimore City Police Department, most of my time is spent creating composite sketches for detectives. Every so often I receive a call…Details
I’m frequently asked which case was my most difficult and why? My answer? Any case that involves children, both as a victim or eyewitness. Anytime a child is the victim of a crime, the pressure to solve the case can be tremendous. As adults, especially parents, we are given the awesome responsibility of protecting children,…Details
Hello everyone, it’s Michael W. Streed—The SketchCop®. I’m excited to announce the launch of our first monthly newsletter bringing you tips, case reviews, news, and other information related to forensic art. Starting this year, I decided to expand my training events by offering online distance learning opportunities. Providing this opportunity will allow all of you that…Details
Welcome back to our blog! The staff at SketchCop Solutions has been working hard on developing new products and training to help law enforcement make the move from pencils to pixels. Our new tagline – The Digital Difference in Facial Imaging and Identification reflects our commitment to further influence the direction of the forensic facial…Details
When I began my career as a police sketch artist, there was only a handful of people doing the job. Even then, few were full-time. Most of us were beat cops or detectives. We enjoyed being cops, but we also enjoyed using our drawing skills to help catch more bad guys. Armed with nothing more…Details
SketchCop Solutions is pleased to add Troy, MI Police Department to our list of valued law enforcement clients. Like many police agencies, they were frustrated by the lack of quality facial composite software programs. They wanted a program that was versatile, easy to use and had a training component that supported the software. Troy Police Department took…Details
Each day, forensic artists work with victims and eyewitnesses to exploit an assailant’s most visible asset – their face. Whether using traditional methods, or a computer software program, these dedicated artists provide facial composites to law enforcement with the hope they will lead to an identification.
Now, investigators have a new high-tech tool to add to their forensic facial imaging toolbox – facial recognition. These powerful software programs rely on high-speed mathematical algorithms to quickly examine and sort through an innumerable amount of photographs hoping to match them to the target image. A list of probable candidates is then forwarded to investigators for further follow up.
Surveillance photographs, still images and composite sketches are but just a few of the images that can be fed into these systems. With the proliferation of cell phone cameras, private and governmental surveillance camera systems, as well as other image capture devices, law enforcement are relying on these images more than ever before.Details