A new tool that lets frontline police officers detect illegal images and other potential evidence stored on computer devices is now being used by two British forces and being evaluated by two others.
SPEKTOR Forensic Intelligence allows an operator with just a few minutes' training to find, preserve, and protect digital data in an evidentially sound manner that complies with ACPO recommendations and satisfies all legal requirements for any subsequent criminal or civil court proceedings.
Developed by leading forensic computing consultancy Evidence Talks, the system has been specifically designed to help law enforcement officials such as police and border patrol officers quickly retrieve data from computers, hard drives, memory sticks, digital cameras, and other media such as CDs and DVDs for subsequent examination by skilled forensic analysts. By removing the need to have computer experts at the scene, it results in huge savings in fees and traveling expenses.
The powerful, portable forensic triage solution consists of the SPEKTOR Control Pod, which allows an officer to forensically wipe, verify, and configure reusable Collectors that store a copy of any potential evidence that may prove useful to an investigation. Officers can quickly inspect and preserve images, PDFs, documents, spreadsheets, browser histories, search records, e-mails, and Internet chat logs without interfering with or contaminating the evidence. They can even capture encrypted, password protected, and deleted files.
On Windows computers, SPEKTOR automatically extracts forensically useful data from the registry, including profile settings, details of previously-attached USB devices, recent file activity, network settings, installed software, online storage details, auto-form details, and much more. Data on the Collectors cannot be viewed or accessed by unauthorized users.
Fraud police raid commercial premises and the owner protests that taking away his computer would cost him business. He threatens to sue. Frontline officers use SPEKTOR to collect all the information they require and allow the man to retain his equipment. Collector device contains all the evidence the police need to mount a successful prosecution at a later date.
Evidence Talks managing director Andrew Sheldon says, "This solution was developed after long and detailed discussions with police officers and other members of the law enforcement community, and it delivers exactly what they wanted. "