New Yorkshire digital forensics lab opens to reduce pressure on police forces

Data and technology company CACI has officially opened its digital forensic laboratory in Northallerton designed to take pressure off police forces.

The facility builds on the success of its parent company CACI Inc’s accredited facility in Virginia in the United States.

The laboratory will cater to UK law enforcement organisations by providing specialist digital forensics services.

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Over the last 18 months, CACI's team of digital forensic professionals has worked to establish the UK laboratory, drawing from the experience and accomplishments of its counterpart in the United States.

The lab has opened in Northallerton. Picture: Phil Nunez PhotographyThe lab has opened in Northallerton. Picture: Phil Nunez Photography
The lab has opened in Northallerton. Picture: Phil Nunez Photography

Richard Cockerill, Operations Director of CACI Ltd's digital forensics laboratory, highlighted the exponential rise in the use of digital devices worldwide over the past decade.

“Over 90 per cent of crimes involve a digital component, which has resulted in unprecedented demand placed on police digital forensics units (DFUs) supporting criminal investigations,” he said.

CACI's digital forensic laboratory has been designed to mirror the capabilities of police digital forensic laboratories, adhering to industry standards and employing the same tools and processes.

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Mr Cockerill said: “CACI is committed to collaborating with law enforcement organisations to help increase their capacity for dealing with digital forensic investigations, to support them with accreditation, to help maximise the efficiency of technology and infrastructure used for digital investigations and finally to help develop the effectiveness of processes used in digital forensic laboratories.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​”