CACI officially launches its new digital forensics laboratory in the North of England
CACI Ltd, a leading UK data and technology company, was proud to hold the official launch of its new Northallerton based digital forensic laboratory on the 9th of June. The event was well attended throughout the day, with representation from almost all police forces covering the local North East region, as well as the local Mayor. The facility builds on the success of its parent company CACI Inc.’s* accredited facility in Virginia, United States, the laboratory will cater to UK law enforcement organisations by providing specialist digital forensics services.
Over the last 18 months, CACI’s highly skilled team of digital forensic professionals has worked diligently to establish the UK laboratory, drawing from the experience and accomplishments of its counterpart in the United States, which has been providing exceptional service for the past decade.
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% of crimes involve a digital component, which has resulted in unprecedented demand placed on police digital forensics units (DFUs) supporting criminal investigations,” he explained
CACI’s digital forensic laboratory has been meticulously designed to mirror the capabilities of law enforcement digital forensic laboratories, adhering to industry standards and employing the same tools and processes. This facility offers police DFUs additional resources and capacity to meet their growing operational demands.
The digital forensic team at CACI has also developed a suite of support services to assist police DFUs with ISO 17025 accreditation while ensuring compliance with the codes of practise set by the Forensic Science Regulator (FSR Codes). Since the beginning of this year, they have been providing a digital forensics proficiency testing service, with numerous accredited digital forensic laboratories having already participated and more booked in for future cycles. This service will undergo assessment by UKAS later this year, with the aim of receiving ISO/IEC 17043:2023 accreditation.
CACI’s digital forensic laboratory is fully operational and works in compliance with a quality management system designed to meet the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017, FSR Codes and ILAC G19, as required for evidence used in UK criminal proceedings, with UKAS assessment scheduled in the next few months.
*CACI Inc. is a $6.2-billion American-based technology company.