British CSI Unit Selects Motorola Mobile Evidence Solution
Monday, July 17, 2017 | Comments

A crime scene investigations (CSI) unit operating in northern England selected Motorola Solution’s Pronto Forensics mobile solution to help with evidence entry into the criminal justice system. The solution reduces the length of entering evidence to mere minutes, alleviating some of the administrative pressure felt by forces across the country, a company statement said.

West Yorkshire Police is the fourth largest police service in the U.K., serving approximately 2.2 million people. The service polices both rural areas and large metropolitan districts such as Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield. This new agreement builds on West Yorkshire Police’s existing use of the Pronto service, which saw officers take more than 4,000 witness statements via handheld devices in April alone.

The CSI unit operating across West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Humberside police forces has implemented the Pronto Forensics suite. It has automated many steps in the forensic bag and tag procedure, resulting in the processing of more crime scenes per shift, while strengthening chain of evidence security.

Historically, the collection, labeling and processing of evidence at police stations involved manual, duplicated tasks that could be more prone to human error. For example, once a piece of evidence was tagged with a handwritten label, the CSI professional would then add the same information into multiple forms and databases so it could be used in ongoing investigations. With the Pronto application, investigators can create and print labels from Bluetooth-enabled devices whilst on the scene, with key information centrally accessible via the platform.

New assignments from across the region can also be pushed to units in the field, removing the need to return to the station between jobs, improving operational efficiency even further.

“In many cases the very important work done by CSI teams is not as glamorous as TV shows would have some believe,” said Ian Williams, chief inspector, digital policing lead for West Yorkshire Police. “From simple break and entries to complex homicides, almost a quarter of an investigator’s time can be spent simply documenting items. Now, evidence is making its way into the criminal justice system in minutes, not hours.”

The solution will also improve regional collaboration and improve information sharing between different units and departments, Williams said.

“A third of the UK’s police forces have embraced Pronto to work more collaboratively and effectively,” said Phil Jefferson, MSSSI vice president, sales and service UK and Ireland at Motorola Solutions. “The time saved not only means officers can spend more time in the field and with the public but also there are hard cost savings to be made with operational efficiency. This is incredibly important during a time of budget scrutiny and the public’s demand for greater visibility.”

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