Latest Public Sector News


Police device examination pilot to be rolled out

A pilot to speed up police examinations of technological devices used by criminals is set to be extended to all forces after it resulted in five forces achieving a 90% increase in devices examined. 

The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) has run a six month pilot involving five forces across the East Midlands: Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. 

The aim of the project was to standardise the approach for requesting an examination of a device, which currently varies from force to force. It assessed how best to examine the device by prioritising against several factors, including the risk to the victim, the threat posed by the offender and the seriousness of the crime. 

Following the success of the pilot, the NPIA is now working to make the model available to all forces from next month. 

Simon Bramble, head of Police Science and Forensics at the NPIA said: “The pilot has been a great success helping forces increase the amount of electronic devices examined and significantly reducing the time it takes to do this.

“This is another good example of how the NPIA works with the police service to deliver initiatives that provide more for less and help support frontline officers to protect our communities.” 

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) lead on eForensics, deputy chief constable Paul Crowther, said: “With the emergence of technology impacting on many crime types, the police service has recognised that all police forces were spending an increasing amount of time, money and staff on interrogating electronic devices and mobiles phones.  

“This project has dramatically reduced the time taken over each device and has also made a massive impact into case loads.” 

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at [email protected]


There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been the r more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News


Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >


Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >