Leeds LS6 3QS
West Yorkshire Police and Leeds Beckett University are delighted to inform you about an event showcasing an exciting research collaboration. Over 18 months, Leeds Beckett University and West Yorkshire Police collaborated on nine key projects relating to cybercrime, digital forensics, and training.
We will be sharing key outcomes, including research findings and tools to support the policing of cybercrime and digital investigations.
Themes of the showcase include:
- Challenges and needs within the police force for tackling cybercrime: the results from a large-scale needs assessment
- Cyber training
- Image linkage for matching digital photos to source camera fingerprints
- Advanced digital forensics by querying linked datasets across multiple sources and cases
- Automated grooming detection for expediated chat log analysis
- Mobile app to support frontline officers: decision support and capture of evidence
- Characteristics of victims of cybercrime: how demographics relate to falling victim to types of crime
- Seizure and preservation of cloud-based evidence
- An evaluation of the Digital Media Investigators (DMIs) police role
Contact: Lisa Halmshaw
The Police Knowledge Fund CARI Project aims to improve and incorporate an evidence-based approach into the policing of digital forensics and cybercrime investigations. An extensive needs assessment of UK policing and cybercrime and digital evidence was conducted to understand the current situation, and to identify needs across the force. The CARI Project also involved implementing a training and research programme that has impacted the capability of the digital forensics and cyber units within West Yorkshire Police to engage in research. This needs assessment and research training led to the development of a set of research proposals, which were scored and selected. Subsequently, academics and police staff co-produced research and development workstreams. Each of these projects was designed to address needs within law enforcement and outputs include evidence-based procedures, new capabilities such as software/algorithms, and actionable intelligence.
This work was supported by a Police Knowledge Fund grant, administered by the Home Office, College of Policing, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).