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Managing your investigation with the Digital Evidence Dashboard

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For Senior Investigative Officers (SIOs), the Digital Evidence Dashboard can add tremendous value when leading an investigation. At least, that is the opinion of a number of those Senior Investigative Officers which were involved in testing the designs for the Digital Evidence Dashboard.

 

Added Value for Senior Investigative Officers

Animated PointVarious designs have been tested in Proof of Concept sessions led by supervisors from TNO and In-pact. A detective team from Kennemerland in The Netherlands participated in one of these sessions. The detectives were asked what the added value of Digital Evidence Dashboard could be, especially from the position of a SIO who is in charge of the investigation: “How will the DED support you in coordinating your research?” Here is a list of their responses:

“The DED facilitates Team Leaders in better defining instructions / search queries. It enhances the articulation of investigative questions. Previously, we were inclined to say: ‘You, please take a look at these devices’. Our case management system is typically used for formulating broad investigation objectives, but now in the DED, you can set your specific investigation questions. The DED helps you to make the questions clear and explicit, which helps speed up your investigation.”

“The added value is very large. With the DED we can form our own opinion on the progress that’s made instead of relying on what our case management system (e.g. Summ IT) states and/or what we are told by the digital forensics expert. “

Added Value in General

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In addition to the value for SIOs, the participant group of this Proof of Concept were also asked what additional value they see in the Digital Evidence Dashboard. They responded with the following comments:

“In the current process devices are seized with priority, but then … This tool actually enables us to start investigating it.”

“The digitization of society implicates that detectives need be able to investigate digital evidence themselves. It’s no longer feasible to send all evidence to digital forensics experts. You should keep up with new technological developments, with proper support, using the right tools. The DED assists with this.”

“This prevents innate helplessness. The user friendliness takes away the usual fear. The threshold is much lower than with the usual tools.

“There are often people in the team with an affinity for all things digital. They pick it up first, then the added value for the team becomes clear, and the rest will follow. Especially with this easy to use tool.

“This is almost un-police-like, it is far too logical.”

“For this, you don’t need a week of training.”

“A number of colleagues could start using this immediately”

Follow-up

The findings of all participants in the Proof of Concept, are used to build a working prototype. A working prototype will be judged in a second Proof of Concept by potential users in the third quarter of this year. Useful parts of this prototype will be included in version 2.1 of Tracks Inspector which is expected in Q4 of 2015.

Are you employed within Investigations (public or private) and would you want to actively work with this prototype and participate during the second Proof of Concept? Then please sign up via info@in-pact.nl stating ‘PoC2’ as the subject. You will then be contacted for a testing appointment.

 

This project is made possible by the municipality of the Hague and The Hague Security Delta.

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