Around the world every day, digital data is impacting the way investigations are examined and completed. Today, mobile devices are becoming more critical for police investigations since these devices can reveal important details and insights that speed the investigation process and help to prove a subject’s innocence or guilt.
However, to make use of this important mobile data, officers and investigators at all levels must assume new roles – not only do many departments expect them to collect and analyze physical evidence at a scene, they now must be able to confidently gather digital forensic evidence to meet increasing digital forensics demands. Unfortunately, many officers and scene investigators aren’t certified in digital forensics procedures; this has placed extra strain on the most highly trained personnel who conduct deep forensics extractions and crime analysis. And given society’s growing reliance on and use of mobile devices, the volume of mobile forensic requests is overwhelming departments nationwide, impacting digital evidence admission and causing significant case backlogs.