A backlog of mobile phones and computers awaiting forensic analysis threatens to undermine cases for police forces already under pressure; what is the current backlog in terms of a) time and b) number of cases awaiting analysis in the Met.?
Digital Forensics currently have approximately 1600 exhibits awaiting examination. 60 per cent of these exhibits will be examined within 3 months, 39 per cent of these exhibits will take between 3-12 months, 1 per cent of these exhibits will take over 12 months. Some exhibits take longer than others due to long and protracted investigations, the amount of complex data, the need to review examinations, finite specialist resources and no current method to recover data or bypass security. We expect our examination time to be reduced as a result of more officers being trained to download phones.