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Digital Forensics (9039_17)


For the Calendar Year 2016:

1. The number of computers, laptops, external hard drives and storage media in total (i.e. not broken down by each type of device) submitted for examination.

2. The approximate number of mobile phones/ tablets, memory cards in total (i.e. not broken down by each type of device) that have been examined.

3. The number of officers/other police staff who have received some form of training in forensic tools.

4. The total number of staff who have been trained to carry out digital forensic examinations


Please find attached (9039_attachment_01.pdf).

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.