The National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) said it wants an e-forensics project, aimed at speeding up the examination of ICT used by criminals, to be available to all forces from September. Over the past seven years, the number of electronic devices examined by technology experts in police force hi-tech crime units (HTCUs) has grown nationally by 300%. A six-month pilot of the e-forensics project with five forces in the East Midlands resulted in a 90% increase in the number of computers and mobile phones examined, according to the agency.
Currently the process for police officers to request an examination of a computer or mobile phone varies from force to force. (more on guardian.co.uk)