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Digital intelligence for a safer world

Cellebrite Adds Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Investigations Solution

to Industry Leading Digital Intelligence Platform 

Cellebrite’s Crypto Tracer Solution Gives Investigators Unparalleled Visibility

into Cryptocurrency Movement 

Cellebrite, the global leader in Digital Intelligence (DI) solutions for public and private sectors,

today announced the launch of Cellebrite Crypto Tracer, a new comprehensive

cryptocurrency investigation solution designed to accelerate investigations involving

blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. The solution, powered by CipherTrace, features

powerful and easy-to-use tools, investigation services, and training programs designed for

investigators, analysts and non-technical agents. The solution empowers teams to lawfully

obtain evidence and trace criminals who use bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for illicit

activities, including money laundering, terrorism, drug and human trafficking, weapon sales, and ransomware schemes. 


The Investigator announces it's Autumn Conference and Training Schedule

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College of Policing to provide online

digital awareness training to 20,000

new recruits

The College of Policing has received Home

Office funding to prepare a suite of training

products to support the new 20,000 recruits

to ensure they are digital savvy from day one

of their policing careers.



Cifas Chief Intelligence officer calls

for status of fraud investigations to

be raised by police and wider public

and private sector

A former senior police officer who worked at

the highest level in fraud investigations and

wider economic crime has called on the service

and wider public sector to raise the status of

fraud as a crime.



Durham Police rolls-out mobile

devices to investigators to enable

access to on-scene intelligence as

part of innovative Red Sigma IT


Investigators in Durham Police are being given

state-of-the-art mobile devices to enable them

to access vital intelligence and submit crime

reports in real time as part of an ongoing

project to revolutionise the way the force

records and responds to incidents of high

harm and vulnerability.



Investigators praised by College of

Policing for their response to


The Crime lead for the College of Policing said

this week he was ‘impressed and proud’ at

how investigators and other officers adapted

so quickly and professionally to new ways of

working during the Coronavirus Pandemic.



UK police stand with those appalled

by George Floyd death

UK police leaders have published a statement

about George Floyd's death.​ Chief constables

from forces across the country, chair of the

National Police Chiefs' Council, chief executive

of the College of Policing, President of the

Police Superintendents' Association and the

chair of the Police Federation of England and

Wales, have spoken following the death of

George Floyd.



Fraudsters capitalise on Covid-19

with fake vaccines and PPE in

worrying new fraud trend warns


Opportunists and organised gangs of

fraudsers have been duping the unsuspecting

public with a series of scam relating to the

current Coronavirus pandemic, fraud

prevention organisation Cifas said this week.





The Driving Force Behind Modern

Investigations: Digital Intelligence

More than ever, criminals are utilizing digital

devices and data. Today, 90 per cent of law

enforcement cases worldwide include at least

one digital device or cloud application and

most investigations involve multiple devices. 



UK forensic scientists adapt

fingerprint techniques to help

investigators bring Pangolin

traffickers to justice

A team of scientists and experienced

investigators from the University of Portsmouth

have joined the battle to stop the pangolin

becoming extinct, by adapting forensic

fingerprinting techniques that lift finger-marks

from the scales of these endangered animals. 



Forensic scientists at the University

of Portsmouth have discovered a

new way of presenting fragile

evidence, by reconstructing a

‘jigsaw’ of human bone fragments

using 3D printing

Forensic scientists at the University of

Portsmouth have discovered a new way of

presenting fragile evidence, by reconstructing

a ‘jigsaw’ of human bone fragments using 3D




University of Buckingham launches

MA in Transnational Organised

Crime to support increasingly

complex nature of investigations 

The growing complex nature of serious and

organised crime and the challenges that brings

to investigators has prompted the University

of Buckingham to launch a new MA in

Transnational Organised Crime.



Cifas launches Fraud and Cyber Academy to support on-going learning for financial investigators and industry professionals

Leading fraud prevention organisation Cifas, will this month launch a Fraud and Cyber Academy that offers a range of exciting new accredited courses and qualifications aimed at providing investigators and industry professionals with the opportunity to develop and enhance their skills in this complex area of investigation.

The Independent not for profit organisation that works to reduce fraud in the UK has teamed up with leading academic and industry organisations to offer both online and classroom-based courses that range from short one and two days to longer courses and post graduate certificates. It will also provide bespoke training tailored to individual organisations needs.



Responding to the unknown:

Establishing a proactive cyber

security strategy in an age of


As coronavirus continues to spread across the

world, many businesses are neglecting to

shore up their cybersecurity defences for their

new remote workforce. With BYODs (bring your

own devices) looking set to become ever more

popular, criminals are looking to take

advantage of vulnerable devices, networks

and people. 



Car criminals will find it increasingly

difficult to steal, clone, strip and

traffic vehicles post-Brexit

Whilst it is only seven months before driving on

the continent for many of us both here in the

UK and for those visiting from the EU will see

changes to their Passport validity, Driving

Licences, International Driving Permits (IDP)

and European Green Cards (EIC), no one seems unduly worried yet except rather pleasingly the criminal fraternity who are

likely to find it much tougher to carry on

dealing in the stealing, cloning, stripping and

trafficking of stolen motor vehicles.




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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

Colin 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 

Date: tbc


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