Canadian Police Chief Magazine - Winter 2016 - (Page 16)

Warning: A Tidal Wave of Digital Evidence is Coming Body worn cameras are not the issue - digital evidence management is! By Eldon Amoroso, Technical Advisor, ICT Committee POLICE AGENCIES ACROSS CANADA and around the world are facing a tidal wave of digital evidence. While Chiefs in the U.S. are, for good reasons, focusing primarily on the issue of body worn cameras, Canadian police leaders can be more cautious and evidence-based in their approach. Most Canadian agencies are working hard to improve their ability to manage digital evidence, including exploring the use of "cloud" technologies for the potential of increased functionality and reduced costs. WHERE IS ALL THIS DIGITAL EVIDENCE COMING FROM? The consumer world has been at the crest of the tidal wave of digital content. From Netflix to Facebook and the massive number of social media tools that seem to pop up almost daily, the amount of digital data is increasing at a dizzying rate. While public safety and law enforcement agencies have been cautious about leveraging these kinds of services, there is no doubt that the communities we serve have increasing expectations about their ability to share digital evidence with their police services. The 2010 G20 protests in Toronto, 2011 Stanley Cup riots in Vancouver, 2012 student protests in Montreal and October 22nd, 2014 shootings in Ottawa all created a massive amount of digital evidence for local agencies to deal with. In the not too distant future, Canadian public safety and emergency management agencies will start to explore the possibility of receiving photos and video via Next Generation 9-1-1. Whether the digital evidence is provided to the police from public sources or captured by the police agency via CCTV, cell block or interview room video, or body worn cameras, the reality is that all this digital information must be stored and managed as possible evidence. Key aspects of digital evidence management include storage, transfer, retrieval, sharing (including with the Crown and other external agencies) and eventual deletion. INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES ALL FACING THE SAME ISSUES From Australia to New Zealand to the United Kingdom and European Union, law enforcement agencies are all facing the same issues. CACP ICT WORKSHOP, FEBRUARY 21ST TO 24TH, VANCOUVER WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES * Understanding Information Management and the critical role it plays in law enforcement and community safety * Furthering the development of the Canadian Community Safety Information Management Strategy (CCSIMS) * Harnessing Information and Communications Technology (including Cloud) in challenging economic times * Maximizing service delivery through partnerships and innovation * Enabling a mobile workforce and protecting our information in times of increasing cyber threats * Leveraging Business Intelligence & Analytics to improve community safety * Exploring Next Generation capabilities such as NG9-1-1, Body Worn Video, etc. TARGET AUDIENCE Law Enforcement leaders, practitioners and IT Directors from: * Police * Justice * Law Enforcement Agencies * Other public safety providers * Government agencies (federal, provincial, territorial, municipal) * Academic and research institutions * Industry Visit html?mid=284 for more information. At the top of many agencies' priority list is moving to a cloud-based solution. Correctly, cyber security is the first concern that needs to be addressed before making any substantive move in this direction. While it may sound counterintuitive, the reality for many agencies, especially those with limited resources, is that a cloud-based "Software as a Service" or SaaS can actually be more secure than one built and managed by an individual agency. The clear proviso is that there are a great number of key questions that need to be answered before moving in this direction. CACP ICT COMMITTEE LEADING THE WAY When discussing the issue of cloud-based solutions just a few years ago, most members of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Committee were sceptical of cloud technology in policing. Fast forward to today, and most of these ICT leaders are actively engaged in either exploring or, in some cases, moving to the cloud for some of their digital storage needs. In order to help other Canadian agencies, the ICT Committee is developing a number of tools, including sample questions to ask potential service providers when developing pilots or procuring solutions. These tools, as well as number of plenary and break-out sessions on cloud computing, digital evidence management and body worn video, will be showcased at the 2016 CACP ICT Workshop being held between February 21st to 24th, 2016 in Vancouver (see sidebar). EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS The room was full in Quebec City when TASER's CEO, Rick Smith, spoke about the importance of Chiefs leveraging new technologies in their continued on page 18 16 Read this issue online/Lisez ce numéro en ligne à

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Police Chief Magazine - Winter 2016

Message from the President
CACP Board of Directors Meet in Whitehorse
Calendar of Events
CACP Law Corner: Search, Seizure and the Expectation of Privacy
Warning: A Tidal Wave of Digital Evidence is Coming
CACP Research Foundation Conference: From Crisis to Opportunity: Using research to build safer communities
2015 Order of Merit of the Police Forces Investiture Ceremony
Getting the Right Care, at the Right Time: If we want to Change the Outcomes, we may have to Change Ourselves
Index to Advertisers

Canadian Police Chief Magazine - Winter 2016