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Tracking and Analytics

Pilot study launched to set new

standards for cell site evidence

Forensic Science Regular Dr Gill Tully is to

launch a pilot study to test the validity of cell

site analysis amid concerns about the way it

is being used by police forces as evidence in


Dr Tully has announced that an unnamed

number of UK forces and private

organisations have now applied to be part of

the initial scientific trials that will act as a

precursor to the formal pilot study for

accreditation of organisations undertaking

cell site analysis.  The timescale has been affected by the current lockdown, but the trials will be carried out as soon as possible, with the pilot then able to proceed.


Dr Gill Tully

Tracking and Analytics

Exclusive! Three leading

investigative interviewing experts

debate the complexities of remote

interviews in the current pandemic

To remotely interview or not - that is the

question: Considering the safety, health and

well-being of witnesses, victims and

interviewers by Professor Becky Milne,

Centre of Forensic Interviewing, University of

Portsmouth; Professor Coral Dando, Criminal,

Investigative & Forensic Research Group,

University of Westminster and  Dr Kevin Smith, National Crime Agency.

The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown is forcing everyone to seek novel and often virtual or remote solutions for dealing with day-to-day interactions that would normally be face-to-face. 


College of Policing offers career

pathway for cyber and digital


The Cyber Digital Career Pathway Project is a

College Of Policing led and Home Office

backed project to create Career Pathways 

and professionalisation for Cyber Digital 

Investigators across Law Enforcement. Senior

Project Advisor DI Alan Martin explains the

rationale behind the project.

The Cyber Digital Career Pathways Project was created in response to concerns that individuals working on cyber and digital investigations were leaving law enforcement for private industry. It was also highlighted that despite their skills, individuals working in this area were not recognised as specialist professionals.  In addition, there were incidents were the veracity of their evidence had been challenged in court.


Current picture of County Lines

criminality highlighted in new research

A new study of current county lines criminality has

been released by Professor Simon Harding who is

Director of the National Centre for Gang Research,

based at University of West London.

The National Centre for Gang Research has been

established to study youth violence and its causes

so we can inform and contribute to the wider

responses around the issue.

The Centre brings together key gang scholars and practitioners to research and expand our understanding on a range of key issues affecting street gangs, for example: the evolution of UK urban street gangs, changes in UK drugs markets, the impact of social media on gang youth, gang dynamics, weaponisation.


Landmark Bitcoin judgments

classifies cryptocurrencies as



In a case regarding a ransom payment

made in Bitcoins to hackers, who

encrypted an insurance company’s

computer system, the judge Bryan J

concluded that crypto assets such as

Bitcoins are property and can be the

subject of a proprietary injunction.

Litigation experts Steven De Lara and

Coline Grech discuss the implications of this landmark judgement.

In reaching his conclusion, the judge considered and endorsed much of the reasoning in the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce's legal statement on cryptoassets and smart contracts of November 2019.



• New technology used to convict man for

infecting police with COVID-19

• Fake coronavirus emails scams emerge

as worrying new fraud trend

• Europol report warns human traffickers

are finding new ways to lure victims

• Criminal network serving 50 years ‘bird’

for importing cocaine in chicken

• Home Office to publish paper into

group-based child sexual exploitation

• Interpol forms a global alliance to

highlight cyber threats during Pandemic

• National Crime Agency recovers

$8 million linked to international organised crime

• New software uses artificial intelligence to investigate human trafficking cases


New software uses artificial

intelligence to investigate

human trafficking cases


Investigators can now search multiple

hard-to-access online sources to detect

human trafficking activity using

cutting-edge new software.


The TellFinder software uses artificial

intelligence to search thousands of

hours of content to both identify victims and criminal networks on the deep web. As the deep web is a hidden area of the internet that is not indexed by standard search engines, it proves challenging for investigators to access.

Using the TellFinder software can help investigators identify patterns across postings from review forums, discussion boards and advertisements that they would usually find difficult or impossible to access. It is trained to decipher so called ‘messy data’ such as phone numbers and aliases giving investigators the ability to search across hundreds of sites.


Dark Web Investigations 

Authorship Analysis Techniques 
Online Training Workshop 

2 July 2020

10am - 4pm (BST)


Join the Investigator for this exclusive

dark web training event run by: Amanda Towler from world-leading dark web experts Hyperion Gray LIVE from the USA alongside Professor Jack Grieve, Corpus Linguistics expert from the University of Birmingham LIVE from the UK.


• Joint training conducted LIVE on Microsoft Teams from experts from the USA and UK

• A one-day event aimed at dark web investigators and other cyber investigators from across the world who are proficient at working on the dark web and who want to broaden their practical skills