UK police can now scan computers and mobile phones 90 percent faster than before, making it easier to prosecute criminals, thanks to new technology from the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA).
The new eForensics technology was tested in the West Midlands, letting officers contact technology experts in five different police forces across Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.
The tech lets the experts examine and decide on the urgency of the department's request before sending it to a Hi-Tech Crime Unit (HTCU) for investigation, thus streamlining the analysis process.
"With the emergence of technology impacting on many crime types, the police service has recognised that all police forces were spending an increasing amount of time, money and staff on interrogating electronic devices and mobiles phones," said ACPO lead on eForensics, deputy chief constable Paul Crowther.
"This project has dramatically reduced the time taken over each device and has also made a massive impact into case loads."
Before implementation of the new technology, police officers' computer and mobile phone scan requests were processed within their department using various prioritisation methods which could take far longer.
The NPIA is now working on making the new technology available to all forces within the UK from next month.
The news follows widespread reports that cyber crime levels in the UK and Europe are booming. In June, members of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing (TwC) division reported seeing a marked increase in the number of cyber scams being operated in Europe.
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