Police need digital triage tools

Law enforcement needs to deal with digital evidence the same as dealing with drink-driving by introducing the equivalent of a breathalyser

The way law enforcement deals with forensic evidence needs to go down the same road as dealing with drink-driving by introducing the equivalent of the breathalyser, said forensic analyst Andrew Sheldon.

The problem, said Sheldon, is that there are many more police seizing evidence and referring it for forensic investigation than there are people to do the analysis. 

This is exacerbated by the fact that there is a high proportion of unnecessary examinations because frontline officers do not have the skills or knowledge to be more selective. 

One way of improving the situation, he said, is to give frontline officers the tools and support they need to make better decisions about forensic evidence.

Breathalysers empowered police officers to make better decisions and eliminated the time-consuming and labour-intensive process of taking and testing blood samples. "Today, police officers can use breathalysers without understanding the science behind it," he said.

The time has come to empower frontline law enforcement officers to make better decisions when seizing digital evidence, says forensic analyst Andrew Sheldon.

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