‘Dying Art?’: Forensic Artists Face a Digital Future.

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On March 3, 2014, NBC news reporter Erik Ortiz published an online news article titled: ‘Dying Art?’:  Forensic Artists Face a Digital Future.  The article highlights the struggle between traditional forensic artists and software programs that create composite images.  This subject is one that law enforcement has long struggled with.  That’s because for years, a shortage of trained forensic artists forced them to use software programs that left them unsatisfied.  But, in the absence of a well-trained forensic artist, it was all they had.

 Today that’s changed. 

SketchCop FACETTE in Canada

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Constable Jake Friesen is a Forensic Identification Officer with the Peterborough – Lakefield Community Police in Ontario, Canada.  When he is not collecting evidence at crime scenes, Jake serves as the department’s Forensic Artist.  Jake is a successful and talented artist who spearheaded the department’s purchase of SketchCop FACETTE Face Design System Software. 

SketchCop FACETTE Version 8.6 and Adobe Photoshop

SketchCop® FACETTE® Face Design System reached a milestone last week with the release of Version 8.6.  Law enforcement’s #1 digital composite imaging software is now interoperable with Adobe® Photoshop® making SketchCop® FACETTE® arguably the strongest, most versatile facial imaging software on the market. 

For years many companies have touted the benefits of their own facial composite software products.  With a dearth of qualified Forensic Artists, law enforcement was left with little choice than to use them.  Often the results were less than impressive, allowing many in the Forensic Art community to question the software’s effectiveness while trumpeting their own skills.

With the latest release of SketchCop® FACETTE®, law enforcement has a more valuable option, one that will allow them to create high-quality digital composite images that rival those produced by many sketch artists.