Forensic officers to use smartphones to track evidence from crime scene to court room


New technology from Northgate Public Services (NPS) will make the collecting, processing and sharing of critical crime scene evidence easier for police officers, investigators and laboratory employees.

NPS Forensics, a cloud-based solution, makes it possible to record details of physical evidence in real-time at a crime scene and send it directly into a case management system from an officer’s mobile device.

Steve Ainsworth, Director of Operational Safety, Northgate Public Services, comments: “More than 70% of UK forces already use NPS technology to keep track of important crime scene evidence. We’re always looking for better ways of doing things, and so with NPS Forensics, we wanted to simplify and speed up the process of logging evidence for forensic investigations. By using mobile technology and improved automation, we can give officers everything they need to provide a clear evidence trail from the crime scene through to a trial.”

Evidence such as fibre taping, finger marks, electronic devices, or documents can be seized and documented, labelled and shared at the scene. Even when working in remote areas, without connectivity, the process can still be completed using an intelligent offline mode.

This will speed up investigations removing the need for information to be entered manually on to a case management system when officers return to their desk.

In the UK, 34 police forces currently use Socrates, NPS’ market leading forensic case management solution. NPS Forensics has been designed, using 20 year’s forensic case management experience, to transform the way officers record and track information and exhibits from the moment of recovery through investigation and on to a court hearing.

Using intuitive dashboards, officers can easily share across agencies, and with local and national systems, which will make it easier to present vital evidence to win in court, helping the police to create safer communities.