SA Police turn to distributed review system to handle cyber crime

Strong growth in demand for forensic and electronic evidence services in cyber crime investigations since 2003

An uptick in cyber crime in South Australia has forced the state’s police service move to adopt a distributed review system to help its investigators work on more electronic crime cases more quickly.

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South Australia Police has operated an Electronic Crime Section, or ECS, since 2003 to conduct electronic analysis and investigate incidents of electronic crime. However, since then, demand for anti-cyber crime services have outstripped capacity.

“The establishment of ECS provided effective crime prevention and enforcement services in the electronic era at that time,” SA Police documents on the distributed review system read.

“Since its inception there has been a rapid growth in technology advancements and its uptake in the community, of which has resulted in substantial increases in the demand on forensic and investigation services provided by the ECS.”

Through the use of a distributed review system, police throughout the state will be able to remotely access forensic data taken or seized from computer hard drives and other data storage devices, cutting the time to provide electronic evidence services.

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Investigators will also be able to review and search through data and bookmark files, picture, videos, emails and documents that are of evidentiary value to the case. Further, a copy of the selected/bookmarked files can be produced and provided to the investigator with an automated report.

It is expected that the distributed review system will also decrease the demand on electronic evidence specialist personnel through allowing front line investigators to access, review and search with relative ease and through the application of semi-automated processes in a forensically safe and secure manner.

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