Drowning in Digital Evidence? NICE Investigate is Your Lifeline.

Today, crime solving hinges on digital evidence and the volume, velocity and variety of digital evidence is growing exponentially. From body-worn cameras and CCTV, to ALPR, CAD, RMS, interview room and 911 recordings, social media, smart devices and in-car video, policing has become entangled in a quagmire of technologies. These very same technologies are creating a tsunami of digital evidence that's increasingly difficult to manage.

Detectives are drowning in digital evidence, often having to log in to a dozen systems to collect evidence and manually search for connections in cases. They waste time emailing, phoning, filling out paperwork, waiting for analysis results, manually sifting through information to connect the dots, driving from place to place, copying evidence onto media to hand deliver to prosecutors.

A recent survey (The Digital Frontline: Rethinking the use of data and information in modern policing), puts numbers to the digital evidence silo problem. According to the report, "One of the most significant drawbacks of existing police software, aside from poor search functionality, is the disconnected nature of the systems" (also referred to in the report as chair swiveling). When asked how many different systems they typically needed to log into to work on cases, 95% of survey respondents said at least two systems, and 25% said they needed to log into anywhere between six and more than eleven.

In addition to the obvious inefficiencies, this swivel chair approach also increases the likelihood that crucial evidence will be overlooked – because while investigators can extract and analyze data from individual systems, they don't have analytical solutions that work across them.

Successful investigations also require information sharing on numerous levels. The public needs to share information with the police, detectives need to share information with each other, and investigators need to share case evidence with prosecutors. Today these processes are highly inefficient and manual.

And it's not just police departments – the entire justice system is reaching a breaking point. As case files keep growing, evidence can easily go missing, and later re-surface at trial. What's more, while the rules for discovery haven't changed, the volume of digital evidence subject to discovery rules continues to grow. As departments try to keep up with the surge, entire cases are being derailed over questionable disclosure practices and eroding public faith in the justice system.

The increasing complexity of police investigations is also having an effect on the bottom line. Many departments are incurring huge overtime costs. One large agency spent close to $9 million on overtime for investigations, just last year.

Beyond the obvious inefficiencies and incremental costs, it's clear that current methods for managing digital evidence defy logic. Consider the journey of digital evidence from its collection to eventual sharing. It's collected in its native digital form. Then, an investigator can spend hours printing or copying that same digital evidence onto CDs or DVDs to share with a DA. The DA then copies, scans or uploads the files into a separate digital system. The unnecessary expense and time consumed in this process is mind-boggling.

NICE Investigate: A Lifeline for Investigators Drowning in Digital Evidence
Running on the Microsoft Azure cloud, NICE Investigate is an end-to-end digital investigation and evidence management solution created to help your department manage digital evidence. NICE Investigate automates the collection, analysis, management and sharing of all digital evidence to make your investigators more efficient and effective crime-solvers.

NICE Investigate offers:

• A one-stop shop for gathering evidence – investigators no longer waste time logging on to individual systems to manually collect evidence;
• A single, universal 'Google-type' search for evidence across all connected structured and unstructured data sources;
• Built-in workflows that enable investigators to initiate and track evidence requests;
• A secure portal for crowdsourcing video, photos and tips from businesses and private citizens;
• Advanced content analytics that makes audio and video files, documents, incident narratives and case reports from CAD and RMS systems searchable;
• Automatic evidence recommendations for uncovering new leads, and finding hidden connections to cases;
• The ability to visualize evidence in context, on timelines and maps;
• Automatic transcoding of video to a universal format that's playable on any laptop, tablet or smartphone;
• A secure, auditable electronic method for sharing digital evidence and case files;
• A built-in audit trail and chain of custody tracking to ensure evidence integrity and admissibility;
• A scalable SaaS (Software as a Service) solution that easily adapts to changing investigative workloads and evidence storage requirements, while eliminating up-front hardware and resource costs.

Experience the Results
NICE Investigate will transform how your department manages investigations and digital evidence, saving time and money, improving case solvability, and much more.

• Increase your investigative productivity by as much as 1000% and generate $10 in productivity savings for every $1 spent on NICE Investigate.
• 90% of commonly requested evidence can be collected/retrieved through a single log-on.
• Improve citizen and community engagement with evidence crowdsourcing tools.
• Save weeks of waiting for crucial evidence. NICE Investigate automatically correlates relevant emergency (911/999) calls and body worn video to cases. No need to physically request recordings; now they can be automatically pulled into investigations.
• Fins evidence that would otherwise be overlooked.
• Resolve cases sooner, and increase the likelihood of guilty pleas by obtaining and assembling evidence faster (in minutes or hours instead of days or weeks). Police departments, prosecutors and court systems all save time and money.
• Develop leads faster and improve case solvability. (Faster apprehensions means less crime and safer communities.)
• Reduce overtime costs by relieving investigators of manual tasks, and improving their efficiency and effectiveness.
• Easily share growing volumes of digital evidence and adhere to disclosure requirements so cases don't get derailed.
• Boost your operational agility – NICE Investigate instantly scales to meet growing caseloads or storage requirements.

Learn More
If your investigators are drowning in digital evidence, don’t wait to give them the lifeline they need. Contact NICE at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 866-999-NICE or visit www.nice.com/protecting/public-safety/nice-investigate to learn more.

 

Complimentary eBook:
Download ‘10 Digital Evidence Management System Must-Haves’

Note: This is a sponsored section of EvidenceMagazine.com

 






Editorial

ONE OF THE CHALLENGES of writing and editing a magazine is telling a story in a relatively small amount of space. Sometimes it seems like there is never enough room to say everything that needs to be said. I find myself making tough decisions about what parts stay and what parts go.

Read more...