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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