Supported by a dedicated research and development team, CCL provides an end-to-end service in criminal cases ensuring law enforcement agencies receive the evidence and intelligence they need to determine the direction of a case or to make a prosecution.
This starts with the collection of exhibits – and continues through to analysis and presentation in court where required. It encompasses:
What we do
CCL provides the following services to law enforcement agencies:
- Collection and delivery of exhibits
- Forensic imaging of computers / laptops / other removable media
- Forensic analysis of imaged data
- Regular OIC contact
- Flexible reporting styles, tailored to customer requirements
- On-site work / raid support – where required
- Court appearances – where required
- Adhere to forensic regulator and ACPO guidelines
- Push the boundaries of evidential opportunities
- Rapid turnaround – where required
- A commitment to keep costs down by tailoring the investigation.
How we do it
We are committed to providing a quality service by:
- Discussing every case strategy with you
- Understanding your reporting requirements
- Working in secure, modern, purpose-built laboratories
- Employing experienced staff including ex-HTCU analysts
- Following ISO9001, ISO27001 and ISO17025
- Ensuring all staff are security cleared
- Providing thorough courtroom training
- Investing in research and development.
CCL has a long track record in providing digital forensic services to law enforcement agencies. This has been based upon our philosophy of providing an end-to-end service comprising:
- Providing information, resources and support to law enforcement agencies through our knowledge base
- Adherence to ACPO guidelines at all times
- Collection and delivery of exhibits using security-cleared drivers and tracker-fitted vehicles
- Exhibit continuity, managed by a sophisticated exhibit tracking system, following documented procedures
- Secure storage of exhibits in purpose-built exhibit store
- Contact with the OIC at the very start of the analysis process to ensure case objectives are met
- Forensic imaging of computer hard drives and analysis of forensic images by staff who receive regular training in new forensic developments, backed up by a team of research and development analysts who are constantly researching how to analyse and interpret the increasing amount of data stored on hard drives
- Regular contact with the OIC throughout the analysis process
- A comprehensive report, tailored to the requirements of the individual law enforcement agency, detailing the evidence and the processes used to identify it
- Generated exhibits provided in whatever form the law enforcement agency requires
- Witness statement where necessary
- Court appearance where necessary
- Secure delivery of exhibits – along with reports, generated exhibits and all supporting material
- Ongoing support and assistance once analysis is complete.
Having worked for many years with some of the UK’s law enforcement agencies, CCL recognises that there are a number of significant challenges in the field of computer forensics:
- Increasing numbers of computers and laptops requiring analysis in criminal investigations
- Increasing data capacities of computers, laptops and external storage
- Tightening of public sector budgets
- Pressures on high-tech crime units react swiftly when exhibits are submitted
- Demands on police forces to provide a value for money service.
We recognise – and embrace – these challenges and work closely with law enforcement agencies to provide a tailored cost-effective solution.
Value for money
CCL provides a value for money computer forensics service.
Work is carried out either on an ad-hoc basis or under formal contract for larger volumes of computers requiring analysis.
Whichever method is most appropriate for a particular police force, CCL provides a value for money service by:
- Agreeing a fixed price and fixed scope of the analysis to be carried out – ensuring costs do not escalate unexpectedly
- Utilising tools and techniques created by our in-house research and development team to ensure the most effective forensic analysis – adhering, of course, to ACPO guidelines
- Using our considerable image hash-set to automate otherwise lengthy grading processes
- Ensuring a close liaison with our mobile phone forensics laboratory for cases involving both computers and mobile phones
- Demonstrating a commitment to working with the OIC/SIO/HTCU to ensure that a properly-targeted investigation is carried out
- Investing in training (courtroom and technical) of all staff conducting casework
- Adhering at all times to ISO17025 – as required by the Home Office forensic science regulator.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of the devices from which CCL can typically extract media. If a particular device is not on this list, please contact us on 01789 261200.
- Desktop computers
All the above running operating systems including:
- All versions of Microsoft Windows
- All versions of Apple operating systems
Tablet PCs - including:
- Dell Streak
- Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Digital cameras and memory cards
USB "thumb" drives
Optical Media including
- HD DVD.
External (removable) storage devices
Other magnetic media including:
- Tapes (LTO, DLT, DDS and others)
- ZIP drives
- JAZ drives
- Floppy disks.
Solid state disk drives
Live memory acquisition
Magstripe (magnetic strip) cards and readers
Printers / scanners / multifunction devices
Games consoles including:
- Nintendo Wii.
Sat navs – all major manufacturers including:
- Aviation and marine devices.
To discuss how CCL can assist with your current computer forensics requirements – or simply for some free advice or a chat about current forensic tools and techniques, please call 01789 261200 or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org