“The ability to look for a specific identifier across mass amounts of data in record time is what truly is going to help me locate children faster while reducing the amount of exposure I would have to go through.”
Dawn Ego had been a law enforcement officer for ten years when she began working at the Maine State Police Computer Crimes Unit as a computer forensic analyst. She has been at the unit for about 17 years and she has a passion for Victim ID work.
Dawn holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology, a certificate in criminology from Rutgers the State University of New Jersey. She has two Master’s degrees, one in Social Work with a forensic focus and the other in Information Systems with a focus on human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence. On top of that she is at the tail end of her PhD program at North Central University in Technology, with a focus on Data science.
What is your favorite feature in Griffeye Analyze, and why?
With so many useful features, it’s really hard to decide which is my favorite. As I have a strong interest in Victim ID work, I lean towards Annotations. Having the ability to shadow boost, sharpen, add contrast, and even modify/sanitize images in order to share with other investigators is huge in my work. Another significant aspect, I can’t go without saying is face and object detection in pictures and videos. The ability to look for a specific identifier across mass amounts of data in record time is what truly is going to help me locate children faster while reducing the amount of exposure I would have to go through. Having the tool doing the heavy lifting is invaluable in all cases, but I see it most in my Victim ID investigations.
What wellbeing feature do you feel is most important when it comes to protecting your mental health?
I would say the most important feature is the Take a Break timer. I have to admit prior to Griffeye Analyze, it was not uncommon that I would be at my desk for 3-4 hours straight. This little reminder is really crucial to my overall health and wellness.
What is the best thing about being a trainer for Griffeye?
The best thing about being a trainer for Griffeye is the opportunity to teach these health and wellness techniques to other investigators but also demonstrating a tool that will help them find evidence faster, more efficiently, and hopefully locate victims and offenders quicker. Knowing that we can pass this knowledge on, in a victim-centric manner, to others so they can move through cases quicker and protect their own well-being during the process is a great feeling.
Most used keyboard shortcut?
It’s hard to answer just one, but I would say “B” for bookmarks. The ability to simply click on a single button and place that piece of media in the right folder for later use saves precious time and helps significantly during analysis and report writing.
What courses do you teach?
Analyze Investigator. I am currently working on a curriculum specifically focused on Victim ID work.
What is the most common question/comment you get when teaching Griffeye Analyze?
The biggest comments I have heard from teaching are: “I didn’t know the tool could even do that!” “I can’t wait to get back and try this,” “This has been out for so long and I had no idea a tool was even capable of doing this,” and “I’m actually excited to get back to work and start on a new case!”
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