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The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner is leading the way with an investment in digital forensics which helps investigations move faster and ensures victims have their devices returned quicker.

The significant investment was made to meet the demand placed on police, by growing technology with devices holding more data than ever before. The benefits include:

  • Improved safeguarding – providing a more dynamic, on scene digital forensics service will enable West Mercia Police to better safeguard both vulnerable children and adults with a fast turnaround time.
  • Improved services for victims, complainants and our communities – victim and complainants’ data and devices are managed with minimum impact, collecting only what is needed, allowing them to have their devices returned and supporting them in their recovery.
  • Quicker turnaround times for charging offenders –This ensures communities are protected quicker and offenders are brought to justice in a timely manner. It supports victims in being able to cope and recover and improves the quality of investigations and the evidence presented.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said “This is an example of how my investments can make a real impact on victims and communities. Whilst a HMICFRS report released today shows that there are many improvements to be made at national level, I am pleased that victims in West Mercia will have the many benefits this technology brings. The commitment I make, is part of a wider investment in technology across West Mercia which has a positive impact on our communities.”