Dealing with Digital Evidence in Police Forensic Reports (Free Webinar)

Location: Online

CPD Hours: 1hour

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Manager, The Cyber Academy, Edinburgh Napier University and Expert Witness & Director, Strathclyde Forensics Ltd
Why attend?

In every criminal case there will always be a police report. And in any case that involves digital evidence, you should (almost all the time!) expect a police forensic report. These reports are prepared by the police digital forensics investigators, or their cybercrime units.

The police forensic reports are the basis on which prosecutors will decide when someone will be prosecuted or not, especially in crimes that are considered to be mainly “electronic crimes”, like cyber-bullying, online fraud and indecent images of children.

This webinar will explore many questions in the interrogation of forensic reports:

  • How do the police investigate the evidence, who is assigned to carry out the job, and why? How are the police coping in different parts of the country?
  • What happens when evidence is compromised or lost? And what happens when defence experts are presented with barriers to accessing the case’s evidence?
  • Do prosecutors fully understand a police digital forensics report? How can misinterpretation arise? Can prosecutors properly compare the qualifications of the police officers and those of the experts for the defence, or put them into context?

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the challenges created by police forensic reports, the probability of errors and omissions in reports and the reasons why they should be scrutinised as early as possible
  • Gain insights into the dismissal of cases and the importance of understanding how digital evidence works for all involved


This is a free event