Creating Digital Faces for Law Enforcement provides the proper foundation for obtaining key information needed to create effective facial composites. There are two main methods to create a facial composite, first through traditional forensic art techniques and second by using commercially developed facial composite software. Traditional forensic art has advanced from pen and paper to more enhanced digital tools. This text reviews the development of digital tools used by the forensic artist describing each tool in detail. Creating Digital Faces for Law Enforcement is the first text of its kind to address the creation of digital sketches for forensic artists and software-driven sketches for non-artist/technicians.
- A step-by-step guide addressing the creation of digital, software-driven, sketches for non-artist technicians- Includes descriptions supported by both photographs and video demonstrations to assist the reader in better understanding the process- Written by an internationally-recognized police sketch artist with over 35 years of experience- A companion website page will host author created / narrated videos for reader access
1. Pencils to Pixels 2. Getting Started 3. When, Where, Why, and How? 4. The Eyewitness 5. The Interview 6. The Human Face 7. Courtroom Testimony 8. Lights, Camera.Facial Composites in the Media 9. Digital Tools 10. Let's Make Faces 11. Change-a-Face 12. Putting It All Together 13. Facing the Future
Michael W. Streed is an internationally-recognized police sketch artist based in Southern California. For 35 years he has blended his rich law enforcement experience and artistic skills to provide forensic facial imaging services to some of the largest, most diverse, police agencies in the United States, including the Los Angeles and Baltimore City Police Departments. During his distinguished law enforcement career Michael investigated a variety of violent crimes, sexual assaults and juvenile-related crime. This helped him develop highly-specialized interview skills which he adapted for his role as a police sketch artist. Michael's unique perspective on eyewitnesses, coupled with his superior communication skills made him one of Southern California's most sought after police sketch artists. This led him to successfully develop police sketches for many high-profile cases such as: the Samantha Runnion murder, the Anthony Martinez murder, the Baton Rouge serial killer, and Orange County's (CA) Fortune Teller murder.
Michael has long been recognized for his contributions to law enforcement through his use of forensic art. He has received several prestigious awards, including: the Orange Police Department Award of Merit, United States Congressional Certificate of Recognition, The American Legion Award and a nomination for the Orange County Sheriff's Department Medal of Valor. Many of his cases have been profiled on such shows as: 'America's Most Wanted' and 'Unsolved Mysteries'. He has also been profiled in several major newspapers and has been interviewed on: CNN with Connie Chung, Fox News Channel, ABC's 20/20 with Barbara Walters and ID Discovery's show "Wicked Attraction: Bad Fortune. Michael is also a noted author and popular lecturer on the subject of facial imaging/identification and true crime. Michael recognized law enforcement's need for a digital composite imaging solution. He created SketchCop FACETTE Face Design System, an innovative software program that helps law enforcement personnel create high-quality digital composite images. Michael also trains law enforcement personnel and forensic science students in the use of the software.