Police Get New Tools To Process Digital Evidence

With an explosion of data and phone devices and computers in recent years, workloads for law enforcement investigators have grown exponentially, and it’s taking longer to process and analyse digital evidence, and longer to close cases. Most non-technical investigators struggle to work with digital evidence because of the complexity of the tools and data. 

A new user-friendly digital evidence review platform called Magnet Review is aiming to change the old processes and provide security and remote accessibility to crucial evidence.

The company is collaborating with the London Metropolitan Police and Microsoft, the technology operates on the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. The Metropolitan Police believe the new technology could allow them to complete investigations up to three times faster. They’ll be able to return devices to victims and witnesses more quickly, and costs for things like external storage media will be greatly reduced, as reported by therecord.com.

Magnet Review was designed by Magnet Forensics specifically for non-technical investigators. It’s a cloud-based, collaborative platform giving them the ability to easily review recovered evidence like photos and digital messages.
Instead of traveling to a forensics lab to view and interpret the evidence with the assistance of an examiner, investigators can access it online from anywhere and work remotely with digital experts as the evidence is processed.

Using Magnet Review the Met Police Expects To:

  • Complete data analysis and investigations up to three times faster, allowing non-technical investigators to take on more cases.
  • Build trust by returning devices to victims and witnesses at a quicker rate.
  • Significantly reduce cost and inefficiencies such as external media to store evidence and reduce the risk of data corruption and breaches.
  • Benefit from the increased security, remote accessibility and infrastructure maintenance savings that deployment in the cloud will provide.

“The Met is committed to being a leader in the digital transformation of policing. Our collaboration with Magnet Forensics and Microsoft aims to ensure that digital evidence critical to investigations is reviewed in a simple, timely, effective and secure manner to ensure justice is achieved,” said Darren Scates, the Met’s Chief Technology Officer.

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