Bedfordshire’s police and crime commissioner, Festus Akinbusoye met with the Force’s Cyber Team earlier this week. The Cyber Hub specialises in digital forensics, cyber crime investigation and internet child abuse investigation.
In 2018, the Cyber Hub Team was the first in the country to have a vehicle dedicated to triaging digital media devices to help speed up the process of investigating cyber crime. Bedfordshire Police currently have three cyber vans and the PCC has invested in a fourth.
The commissioner said:
“My priority is the safety of our residents and I am committed to equip our officers with all the tools they need to do exactly that.
“This is why I am delighted to invest in another Cyber Triage Van for our Cyber Crime Team as part of their work to keep our communities safer.”
The Cyber Vans allow officers to have a discreet location to investigate devices and analyse digital data to help to reduce the need to bring items back to police stations for investigation.
Acting Inspector Peter Ward said:
“This model has over the last few years enabled us to reduce the digital device backlog by over 80% to a sustainable level with 8 months, specifically with computer backlogs reducing from a year to a month.”