An inspection into how well the police and other agencies use digital forensics in their investigations
In this inspection, we examined the provision of digital forensics in police forces and regional organised crime units. We considered whether they understood and could manage their demand, and whether victims of crime were receiving a quality service.
Digital forensics is a branch of forensic science, which includes the recovery and examination of digital devices. Today most, if not all, crimes have some form of digital footprint. We found that the demand for digital forensic examinations was increasing year on year, and in some cases outstripped the capacity of forces to respond effectively.
We make nine recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of digital forensic services.
This report sets out our findings.
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