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How to Handle an Ever-Growing Abundance of Digital Evidence

By Eunbyeol Koh on July 14, 2021

In early June, we held a virtual conference – Digital Innovation in Policing – to share best practices and perspectives on digital transformation initiatives and technology in policing.

Nearly 400 participants from 250+ organizations, and more than 60 countries, took part. Speakers included experts in first response and drone technology, as well as representatives from various organizations, including Microsoft, KPMG, DNB Bank, and UAS Norway. The two-day event brought together the international policing community to learn from each other and discuss how technology can be used to assist crime-solving. This included best practices on using DEM solutions to handle forensic files securely and speeding up digital investigations.

Recently, we were featured in Police Professional, a leading police media in the UK, discussing the amount of digital evidence is increasing exponentially day by day, and how to ensure this data is handled securely and efficiently. The article includes summaries of some key sessions covering the use of cutting-edge technologies in policing, such as facial analytics and drones & body-worn cameras as well as mobile technology to speed up and secure criminal investigations.


The evidence for digital innovation

As digital transformation continues across law enforcement agencies, digital evidence is becoming increasingly valuable in crime investigations and forensic processes. Ensuring that this data is handled securely and efficiently is more critical than ever before.

Janniche Moe, product director at FotoWare, stated in her presentation that there are four steps in a streamlined workflow for digital evidence management: capture the evidence; transfer it to a central repository; manage it by enriching evidence with metadata and collaborating with parties involved in the investigation; and finally sharing the evidence with other parties, for instance the courts.

John Fredrik Engeland, Professional Services Manager at FotoWare, underlined how time is of the essence when solving and preventing crime, and officers should not have to waste it on searching for information that is already gathered. Collaboration and speed is critical in the journey to solve more crimes, explaining: “One important aspect of police work is collaboration. No officer works alone and often files need to be shared across different teams. This process is made quicker and easier with the app. Not only does it save time, it also makes it possible to share important photos the minute they are taken, complying with the department or the organization's security policy.” said John Fredrik.


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Connecting the ‘digital’ dots

Today, police forces are adopting new tools for surveillance to gather evidence. From CCTV systems on-site to the use of body-worn cameras, drones, biometrics, and more, the amount of digital evidence is increasing. Since almost everyone has the capacity to capture photos and videos using mobile phones, crowdsourced evidence has also had a significant impact on crime investigations. In addition, increasingly more police forces have begun digitalizing records to make information more searchable, auditable and reliable, while reducing the administrative burden and cutting the workload on officers.

All the data related to investigations – from office documents, to fingerprints and footprints, to minute details of a crime scene – must be securely stored and protected. Evidence files should never be removed from storage since they can be used to track down vital information that might have been missed. They can also be used as a reference or for related cases in the future.

“Successful investigations rely on an investigator’s ability to connect the dots between many different types of digital evidence. A digital evidence management (DEM) solution enables law enforcement to manage a large volume of media files in one place and process these files from initial capture and documentation to presenting the evidence in court.” said Bettina Berntsen, the Head of Marketing & Communication at FotoWare.

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If you couldn’t attend the event or would like to rewatch the sessions, you can access the recordings and full presentation files, available to download here.


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