HMIC finds over a third of police forces require improvement in how they investigate crime

In light of news that HM Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) Zoe Billingham has found over a third of police forces require improvement in how they investigate crime and manage offenders, Johann Hoffmann, Head of Griffeye commented to @DFMag:

“The findings from this report are unsurprising for those that work with the security forces. Too often our police forces are bogged down by the shear overwhelming volume of seized data. Sifting through and handling that material is an impossible task to handle manually. However, these processes can be automated, allowing them to focus more time on solving crimes. Take video evidence, for example. The volume of video produced is growing exponentially, but the amount of content an investigator is able to sift through without improved technology remains the same. On average, only a fraction of the video seized – whether its video produced by a surveillance camera or personal smartphone – is analysed, leaving content that potentially may lead to a breakthrough untouched.
 
Investigators need tools that enable them quickly find what they are looking for, and most importantly, uncover significant material that may not have been on their radar in the first place. There are solutions out there that eliminate non-pertinent video, and which prioritise and present information based on elements such as a specific timeframe, noise or movement. Our forces just need to be able to use it.
 
As our society creates and consumes more video, law enforcement is seeing this type of content play an increasingly important role in investigations. Whether it is for child sexual abuses cases, serious organised crime, fraud or national security investigations, specialised technology can accurately uncover crucial intelligence held within video. This will help digital forensic specialists to quickly put together the missing pieces to create a complete picture for investigations. Embracing this technology will not only save them time, which could be spent solving crimes, but will also improve cost efficiency.” 

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