How Cellebrite Frontliner Simplifies Digital Data Collection At The Crime Scene
Few people could have imagined the impact that the current healthcare crisis has had on law enforcement. In just a few weeks, agencies around the globe were forced to completely transition to a new mode of operation.
Station houses have been closed. Law enforcement personnel now work from home. Investigators have been redeployed to fill the ranks of patrol officers who have been sidelined by the virus.
Less manpower for traditional investigative tasks has meant that many lesser crimes have been put on the back burner or ignored altogether as officers try to distance themselves from perpetrators who might be Covid-19 positive.
Lockdowns have led to an increase in domestic violence. Solutions that allow victims to confidentially share digital evidence without having to give up their phones is critical.
A recent Wired magazine article by Emma Grey Ellis suggests that the rising numbers may actually jump much higher once lockdown orders are eased because tech-savvy abusers are monitoring their victim’s messages, making it impossible for them to report acts of domestic violence.
“Many abusers know all of their victim’s passwords, and monitor their text messages, emails, and direct messages,” Ellis writes.
“If the abuser is inside all of their accounts, finding a victim who is attempting to escape can be as easy as opening the Find My app.” In these cases, law enforcement will rely on community collaboration to help become the eyes and ears of those who cannot share the evidence.
Hate crimes and cyber crimes are also on the rise. And the massive leap in unemployment has added a new wave of property crimes and thefts.
As a result, frontline officers have found themselves in the unenviable position of having to keep the public safe from an invisible threat while fighting an increase in crimes—all while trying to remain socially distanced from each other as well as victims, witnesses, and criminals.
Digital forensic labs have also been severely impacted.
The latest industry survey revealed that average backlogs on device examinations were three months or more and this was before the corona virus outbreak. Now, examiners, who in many instances have not been able to work in their labs, find themselves even further behind the curve with no means to catch up.
The outcry from agency managers has been clear: Give us a digital intelligence solution that can boost operational efficiency, empower frontline officers to collect digital data in a forensically sound manner, and increase collaboration with witnesses and victims while minimizing close contact with the public!
Cellebrite has answered those challenges by introducing Cellebrite Frontliner.
A Simpler Way to Gather Evidence
In answer to the call for a more efficient way to gather consent-based information in the field, Cellebrite applied our gold standard of forensic soundness to develop Cellebrite Frontliner, a simple and cable-less data collection app that saves evidence to a secure folder and generates UFDRs that are password protected for sharing.
And Cellebrite Frontliner does it all in a few easy steps:
Watch the video below to see how Cellebrite Frontliner can impact your investigation.
With policing manpower at a premium and lab examiners lacking the bandwidth to handle minor cases, field personnel and investigators using Cellebrite Frontliner can share the workload by collecting and triaging digital data while also maintaining a safe distance.
Cellebrite Frontliner’s benefits include:
- Wireless data collecting and sharing that allows officers to maintain social distancing.
- Simple operation that requires no additional training.
- A reduced burden on lab practitioners with frontline officers gathering data for minor cases.
- Promotion of sound process and the ability to audit the chain of custody through embedded consent forms.
- Guaranteed security through password protection while allowing forensic reports to be shared easily.
- The elimination of field officers using their personal devices to collect data in ways that may render evidence inadmissible in court.
- Enhanced community collaboration since witnesses and victims don’t have to give up their personal devices to provide evidence.
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