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Reports of evidence loss on supposed eve of digital evidence mandate

Is it a coincidence that the revelations of evidence loss have hit the headlines as we approach the deadline of the Home Office mandate for digital evidence compliance, which comes into effect at the end of April? writes Jamie Wilson.

Given that, since the mandate was announced, there has been very little publicity surrounding the ‘stick’ approach towards driving forces to implement digital evidence management strategies, I suspect that it is indeed a coincidence.

The BBC has revealed the findings of a joint Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary report which says that there was a “widespread issue” involving the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) “misplacing discs containing sensitive evidence and information”.

For members of the public reading such an article it is sure to shock, but for those working in police forces right across England and Wales it may not be such a huge surprise.

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Discs are essentially physical pieces of evidence that need to be manually logged, booked-in, stored and retrieved, etc. With so many discs in circulation and physical storage space being limited, it’s perhaps not unexpected that on occasion they can be misplaced.

In 2014, the then policing and criminal justice minister Damian Green announced that by the end of April this year, all forces in England and Wales must be capable of sharing evidence digitally with the CPS and the courts.

One of the anticipated outcomes that this initiative would lead to was a significant drop in the use of discs as forces move towards lower cost, more secure and faster digital methods of capturing, securely storing and sharing evidence – recordings from Command and Control, body-worn camera feeds, videos and photos, etc.

What I’ve seen in the past 12 months from forces I’ve visited, or spoken with, has been hugely positive. There’s undoubtedly a concerted effort being made by senior officers to push forward the digital evidence agenda.

They’re being driven not just by a mandated obligation (if indeed this remains the case?), but a recognition of the operational rewards it can bring in closing cases quicker and making far better use of scant resources, enabling officers to do what they’re trained to do rather than creating, curating and couriering discs.

Jamie Wilson is Public Safety Marketing Manager (EMEA) at NICE Systems

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NICE to demonstrate latest digital evidence solutions for public safety at 17th Critical Communications World Congress

NICE Systems will present its latest solutions for effectively managing digital evidence in the public safety sector at the 17th annual Critical Communications World Congress, taking place between 19-21 May in Barcelona. The company will demonstrate how multimedia and analytics software can improve efficiency and compliance, reduce costs and manage digital evidence on an effective and efficient basis.

Attendees are welcome to visit Stand C407 in Hall 8, Fira Gran Via, to discuss innovations in managing critical communications. Among other developments affecting public safety organisations, visitors will learn about the latest audio analytics, quality assurance and text-to-999/112 solutions for radio and telephony networks.

For critical communications, this includes NICE solutions for:

Retrieval and reconstruction

  • Audio, screen and electronic data can be searched, replayed, verified, reconstructed, organised and dispatched for incident investigations when NICE Inform, a powerful incident management solution, is integrated with the company’s multimedia capture platform

Service and compliance

  • Service delivery and regulatory compliance (EENA 112, ACPO national call handling standard, CALEA and ACB P33 QA standards, NG 999 and 112 compliance, etc) can be measured and improved using NICE Systems’ quality assurance and audio analytics solutions. Spoken words and data can be effectively and efficiently searched while digital evidence management provides secure, audited and controlled access to incident information

Drawing on experience from over 5,000 public safety market installations worldwide, NICE representatives at the Critical Communications World Congress will detail how the NICE capture platform creates a secure, stable and resilient foundation for comprehensive digital evidence and digital criminal justice solutions.

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