SWGIT Function

Since its inception, SWGIT has been providing information on the appropriate use of various imaging technologies including both established and new. This has been accomplished through the release of documents such as the SWGIT Best Practices documents. Over the course of its existence, SWGIT has collaborated with other Scientific Working Groups to address imaging concerns within their respective disciplines. SWGIT has published over 20 documents that deal specifically with imaging technology. SWGIT has also co-published documents with the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) that have a component or components dealing with imaging technology. SWGIT has also provided imaging technology guidance and input for documents from the Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology (SWGFAST), the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Document Examination (SWGDOC), and the Scientific Working Group on Shoeprint and Tire Tread Evidence (SWGTREAD). SWGIT assisted the American Society of Crime Lab Directors / Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) in the writing of definitions and standards for the accreditation of Digital and Multimedia Evidence sections of crime laboratories. In addition to releasing documents, SWGIT members disseminate best practices for law enforcement professionals where imaging technology is concerned. This is carried out by attending and lecturing at meetings and conferences of various forensic organizations that include:

The History of SWGIT