On Thursday 15th March 2018, the NPCC (National Police Chiefs Council) and Blue Lights Digital are proud to be hosting the annual International Digital Investigation & Intelligence Awards.

Often criticised for being unable to respond to the threat of digital crime, the law enforcement community is proving that this is no longer true through the incredible achievements recognised and celebrated in the International Digital Investigation & Intelligence Awards.

Excellence in digital investigation and cyber capability across the community is commended throughout international, national, regional and local law enforcement agencies and their partner organisations.

The awards focus on innovation across the last 12 months, promoting and encouraging collaboration, progression and passion in the field.


Supported and attended by a significant number of leading international and UK law enforcement organisations, the senior stakeholders involved dedicate their time to the success of the event, coming together to recognise the incredible and groundbreaking work of their colleagues.

“I thought the award ceremony was fabulous; incredible work by incredible people was celebrated and shared. It will lead to improved linkages nationally and I have no doubt that this will, in addition to our other initiatives, help us to continue to reduce harm and save lives. I look forward to attending next year!”

NEW FOR 2018

Planning is now well underway for 2018, a bigger and brighter event presented on a more impressive stage with wider digital and media recognition for the winners and sponsors.

Our objective for 2018 is to achieve a nomination from every UK law enforcement organisation, as well as a range of submissions and event attendance from international partners.

The online nomination process for the 2018 awards is now closed. Should you wish to discuss a nomination or enquire about how you can support the awards, please contact the team by email at

The awards categories for 2018 are detailed below.


Below are listed the confirmed categories for the International Digital Investigation and Intelligence Awards 2018.

Exceptional Work in the Prevention of Cyber Crime

Use of Communications Data in an Investigation

Developing Emerging Sources of Investigation

Intelligent use of Digital Forensic Triage techniques

Use of Advanced Digital Forensic techniques

Intelligent investigative use of Cloud Data Sources

Use of Vehicle Based Data in an investigation

Application of Advanced Open Source Intelligence

Big Data Analysis in a Complex Investigation

Excellence in Management of an Investigation Unit

International collaboration in a Complex Investigation

Exceptional Voluntary Contribution to Capability

Digital Investigator of the Year 2018


This section contains further information in relation to the nomination process, judging panel, selection process and timescales for the International Digital Investigation and Intelligence Awards 2018.

Should you require more information or clarity then please get in contact by using our live chat facility or by emailing us at

Who can be nominated for an award?

To be eligible for consideration for an International Digital Investigation and Intelligence Award 2018, the relevant work or operation that has been nominated must have taken place either within 2016 or 2017.

This is not confined to the entire work or operation taking place within these timeframes as this would preclude long-term work or operations from entering. So long as components of the work have occurred in this time frame, the nomination would have been accepted and considered by the judging panel.

Is there a limitation on characters for the nomination?

Yes. Each nomination is intentionally limited to 4000 characters.

This is implemented to ensure that nominations are concise and effectively targeted and considered for the category that they are being submitted within. It is also to enable the judging panel to review in detail each of the nominations and ensure those moth worthy of recognition are selected and rewarded.

In exceptional circumstances, the awards team may consider accepting supplementary information in support of the nomination limitation but this will not be common practice and should only be in circumstances where written text cannot support the nomination effectively.

Where can I obtain a password to complete a nomination?

Nominations for the International Digital Investigation and Intelligence Awards 2018 are now closed.

Details on how to complete nominations were circulated to your organisation via senior stakeholders and other managers who have responsibility for digital capability within your organisation.

If you require support or wish to discuss the awards  then please contact the awards team.

Please note that the awards team will only communicate about the awards via secure corporate email accounts and never directly via live chat or to a personal email addresses.

What are the time frames and key dates for the awards?

A process flow chart of the awards and the key dates is available below which will outline the phases of the process in more detail. The key dates to note within this process flow chart are the following:

– Friday 3rd November 2017 – Nominations Open

– Friday 12th January 2018 – Nominations Close

– Tuesday 6th February 2018 – Independent Judging Panel

– Thursday 15th March 2018 – International Digital Investigation and Intelligence Awards 2018


Nominations Open

Friday 3rd November 2017

The nominations process for the 2018 International Digital Investigation and Intelligence Awards will officially open in each of the awards categories.

Nominations can be submitted online by visiting the awards nomination page or can be sent directly to the awards team via

Nominations Close

Friday 12th January 2018

The nominations process for the 2018 International Digital Investigation and Intelligence Awards will close. Beyond this date, nominations will no longer be received or considered for the 2018 Awards.

Each nomination will be reviewed and prepared ahead of the judging phase and should any clarity or further information be required a member of the awards team will be in touch.

Judging Panel

Tuesday 6th February 2018

Senior stakeholders from across the supporting organisations, subject matter experts and sponsor representatives will convene to form an independent judging panel for the awards. The panel will review each and every nomination submitted across the different award categories and select the finalists in each category to be invited to the event.

Each nomination will be contacted shortly after the judging panel to inform them as to whether they have been successfully down-selected as a finalist for the 2018 awards.

Awards Event

Thursday 15th February 2018

The 2018 International Digital Investigation and Intelligence Awards will be hosted in London. Each finalist will be invited to attend along with a manager or leader from their organisation and will be joined by a vast array of senior leaders from UK and international Law Enforcement organisations for a drinks reception, dinner and awards ceremony. 

Winners will be announced during a spectacular event designed to both recognise and reward the exceptional finalists and their incredible work.


BLUE LIGHTS DIGITAL and the event stakeholders would like to thank the following companies for their support and sponsorship making the International Digital Investigation & Intelligence Awards 2018 possible: