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Digital Time Bomb

07-Feb-2017 by: Carol Jenkins, The Investigator

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It came as no surprise to many in the service that the recent HMIC report into police efficiency raised serious doubts about its ability to process ever-growing volumes of
digital evidence that are now a routine part of all criminal investigations.

The fact that technology has advanced so rapidly over the past decade has meant the service has found itself on the back foot and has struggled to address the growing demand that is snowballing by the day.

It’s an issue that the National Police Chief Council’s (NPCC) Digital Policing Portfolio is well aware of and has taken the criticism on the chin.

It sees it as opportunity to provoke further debate and to also highlight the positive work that is currently taking place around the country to address the issue.

Giles Herdale, the head of the NPCC Digital Intelligence and Investigation programme
described the overall sentiment of the report’s comments around digital evidence
as ‘fair and balanced.’

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