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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.

VIA Compositions

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.

Equipment needed

  • Index cards
  • Binders
  • Yellow marking pens
  • Blackboard or roll of paper
  • Tape or pins
  • Copies of input data

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