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Minimize Desk Duty by Extending Digital Evidence on Mobile Devices

By Ghufran Sheraz
Officer with Digital Evidence on his Mobile Device

Wireless gadgets, evidence, along with apps on mobile are accelerating at a rapid pace. Since the advent of the telephone, radio, and other medium of communication, law enforcement and criminals are neck to neck in a technological arms race.  

With high-processing capability, internet, and global information on hand, nowadays mobile phones can outperform desktop computers manufactured nearly three decades ago. Yet, law enforcement spends a great deal of time at their office desks dealing with reports and paperwork.  

It takes away precious time from doing more important stuff: patrolling and protecting the community on the field. Can digital evidence files be managed on mobile devices too? 

Juggling Focus between Desk Duty and On-Field Investigations  

Minimize Duty Duty with evidence on mobile devices

Not too long ago, the idea of transmitting a sheer volume of data between one another in an instant was unthinkable. Today, this fact is a testament to the significant change in how police perform their duties.

The expectations of new recruits, who generally use mobile devices skillfully, dwindle when they realize most of the time will be spent waiting at their desks for digital evidence files to completely download, share, and process. This excludes other workflows like searching, accessing, and organizing information. 

They are all too familiar with the internal conflicts to focus their valuable time between monotonous, administrative, back-office tasks and invigorating, on-field criminal investigations on an ongoing basis.  

However, having readily accessible information does not necessarily mean you must be shackled to your office desks all the time 

Coupled with Artificial Intelligence, technology has transformed data even for law enforcement to let them carry digital evidence on mobile devices wherever and whenever.  

 

Having the next powerful device on hand - and it’s not a shotgun 

Have digital evidence on field on your mobile devices

Aside from the dramatic physical transformation of feature phones to mobile touchphones, there are also apparent changes in evidence types for the past couple of years. Yet the ways of managing them have stayed roughly the same. 

Moving on, just as more cybercrimes are committed from, or if you are one of the hacker’s targets, on mobile devices, law enforcement is bracing against the digital evidence challenges by extracting more than just suspect’s contact details.  

From data hacks, unauthorized account logins, and online money laundering transactions executed with a push of a button, Cybersecurity Ventures predicted in 2016 that cybercrime damages globally will amount to $6 trillion annually by 2021; double the amount in 2015 (i.e.: $3 trillion).  

 

Millennials and Evidence on Mobile: The Next Generation of Law Enforcement 

Millennials and evidence on mobile

There are new opportunities knocking on the law enforcement agency’s doors. Technology and demographic shifts are changing the who, what, where, and how law enforcement work.  

This includes new millennial recruits that bring with them tech-savvy and critical thinking skills. This group of officers is generally described as cooperative, intelligent, and team-oriented 

Imagine the camaraderie between the old and new generations of law enforcement.  

While millennial recruits perform technical operations on mobile devices and other gadgets via forensic tools, to extract digital evidence, experienced veterans can leverage their mobile phones for analyzing and searching evidence files for faster case resolutions.  

All of this impacts the lives of the people they serve and protect.  

Older, experienced police veterans can learn just as much from millennial recruits and further brush up their current razor-sharp investigative skills.  

 

Suspects on the MoveVIDIZMO Enables You Too  

 

VIDIZMO provides some noteworthy benefits by extending its digital evidence management system (DEMS) on your mobile devices while on patrol/field investigations: 

  • Search for critical information in your visual library or research additional information online to get up to speed with current happenings, like rallies, protests, news, types of narcotics, weapons, gizmos etc. used in incidents. 
  • Easily perform operations to gather and use intel as the user interface is simple and intuitive. 
  • Download and play audiovisual evidence offline in situations where internet connectivity is an issue. 
  • Record statements and collect insights from a group of people on phone for later in-depth analysis. 
  • Use a camera to record or capture objects in surrounding areas during investigations, hinting at clues left behind perpetrators. These files can then be automatically ingested in VIDIZMO. 
  • Be more prepared to head into the incident by adding information on hand with your available tactics. Integration of VIDIZMO DEMS with your Record Management System (RMS) allows you to link previous records with audiovisual evidence on the spur of the moment.  
  • Have faith in knowing that digital evidence managed on your mobile devices is organized, secure, and protected under the compliance standards of CJIS, FedRAMP and others.  

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Posted by Ghufran Sheraz

Ghufran Sheeraz is Technology Content Strategist at VIDIZMO which is a Gartner recognized enterprise video content management system, to stream live/on-demand media to both internal and external audiences, on-premise, Azure or AWS cloud. VIDIZMO solutions are used by enterprises, government, local, state government, healthcare, law enforcement agencies, justice, public safety, manufacturing, financial & banking industry.

Tags: Digital Evidence Management, Law Enforcement Technologies, Mobile, Administrative Tasks, Field Duty

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