Execute a Warrant, Seize, Acquire and Categorise … In A Day?

CSAM investigations​

No more catch and release.

An early morning raid led to the arrest of a suspect, and seizure of multiples devices. The suspect was a known offender, and a flight risk if released. Upon getting back to the Sexual Offences Section at the police station, the Detective Sergeant dealing with the case had multiple exhibits containing close to a million images and videos; amounting to terabytes of data. The detective began to process each exhibit, including phones, tablets and computers. He used multiple third-party tools to forensically image and extract the data off of each device.

Next came the big task of categorising the massive amount of digital media, and checking whether the case would need to be investigated further by the Victim Identification Team. To shorten the length of manual categorisation, the detective turned to the power of S21 LASERi-X. S21 LASERi-X allowed him to import all the evidence into a single analysis. Integration with multiple third-party tools was no issue for S21 LASERi-X, as it maximises the amount of information ingested from or exported to other tools. Added to this smooth integration, the high speed and advanced capability of S21 LASERi-X empowered the detective to conduct a swift but thorough examination of the evidence.

S21 LASERi-X imported and de-duplicated almost 1,000,000 image and video files in less than 2 minutes, ready to be categorised by the detective. S21 LASERi-X allowed him to quickly start to categorise the digital media and search for possible local victims, illicit imagery and other relevant evidence; to prevent the release of a dangerous criminal. S21 LASERi-X boosted his categorisation speed through its smart grading shortcuts, which are among its unique features.

Before the end of the day shift, the detective had breezed through an amount of categorisations which was sufficient for a robust charge to be lodged against the offender. He was also able to produce from S21 LASERi-X an initial disclosure report and a comprehensive report. The weight of the evidence, gathered with the help of S21 LASERi-X and recorded in these reports, was later used in interviews of the suspect and quickly led to a guilty plea. Further in-depth investigations, conducted in the following days, identified and located 11 victims; enabling the police to rescue them from abuse.

Most of the case was processed in a day; from warrant execution, seizure and acquisition, through to categorisation and reporting. Faced with rather damming statistics about the severity of the material which was categorised and reported robustly using S21 LASERi-X, the suspect admitted guilt during the interview at the police station. 

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