Visual Investigative Analysis
The following screens show an example of how to chart using VIA.
Definition of VIA
Visual Investigative Analysis is a technique used to define and graphically
link together the events of an investigation in the order of their occurrence.
Advantages to VIA Charting
- VIA charting simplifies complex cases.
- VIA charting improves the manageability of investigations.
- VIA charting prevents duplication of investigative effort.
- VIA charting expedites court trials.
1 Investigation--When charts are to be used only for investigative purposes.
They typically contain all the information collected during the investigation.
2 Trial--Charts used in trial presentation. They include only those words,
facts and figures necessary to show the elements of the case.
Public relations -- the media and public can be shown the elements of
a crime and how it occurred.
Intelligence -- by defining possible or expected crime activity.
- Index cards
- Yellow marking pens
- Blackboard or roll of paper
- Tape or pins
- Copies of input data
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