International Digital Investigation and Intelligence Awards 2018: The Winners!

The International Digital Intelligence & Investigations Awards 2018 took place in March with a formal dinner and ceremony for finalists and invited guests.

The event culminated in the announcement and celebration of the winners across the 12 awards categories.

Now in their second year, the awards celebrate excellence, innovation and progress across law enforcement, in addition to notable achievements in the fields of digital investigation and cyber capability.

Members of the law enforcement community from both UK and international police forces, national and international agencies and their selected partner organisations came together for the event.


The continuation of the International Digital Investigation & Intelligence Awards in 2018 is possible thanks to the partnerships and collaboration with a number of leading UK law enforcement stakeholders.

The following organisations have been key to the ongoing development and delivery of the awards. Senior representatives from each organisation were present at the event to reward nominees and to share and reflect upon ongoing challenges facing digital investigation and intelligence communities.

At the event, a vast number of Senior Policing Stakeholders were present and recognised the exceptional efforts of each of the finalists and winners. Keynote speeches and awards were presented by:

  • Richard Alcock CBE – Chief Operating Officer: Office for Security and Counter Terrorism
  • Nick Baker – Deputy Chief Constable: Staffordshire Police and National Lead: Digital Forensics and Technical Surveillance
  • Ian Bell – Chief Executive Officer: Police ICT Company
  • Joanna Cavan CBE – Deputy Director: GCHQ and Head of National Technical Assistance Centre
  • Ian Dyson QPM – Commissioner : City of London Police and National Lead: Information Management
  • Carl Foulkes – Deputy Chief Constable: Merseyside Police and National Lead: Internet, Intelligence and Investigations
  • Simon Grunwell – Deputy Director: Digital Support and Innovation, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
  • Sir Craig Mackey QPM – Deputy Commissioner: Metropolitan Police Service and National Lead: Business Crime Reduction
  • Richard Berry – Assistant Chief Constable and Senior Responsible Officer for the Communications Data Portfolio
  • Stephanie Roberts QPM – Head of Unit: National Communications Data Services
  • Christopher M. Piehota – Executive Assistant Director: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Science & Technology Division


Winners were announced from the huge number of nominations and were presented with awards in recognition of their outstanding work. All the finalists also received recognition within their category.

The ceremony featured a range of case studies demonstrating the cutting-edge capability and significant progress made among the law enforcement community in responding to the threat of digital and cyber crime. Awards were presented to representatives from the winning organisations across each of the following categories:

Gloucestershire Constabulary

Cyber Hub, Bedfordshire Police

Police Service of Northern Ireland

Durham Constabulary

Digital Hub, Leicestershire Police

TITAN – Regional Cyber Crime Unit

Thames Valley Police

East Midlands Special Operations Unit

Operation Impala Team, Dorset Police

National Crime Agency

Op Tinean Team, Police Scotland

DMI Team, Hampshire Constabulary


Thanks to our nominees, attendees and sponsors present at the event, through donations and a charity auction we managed to raise an awesome £2880 for the Police Dependants’ Trust.

This money will go straight to providing much needed, targeted support and financial assistance to any police officer injured on duty anywhere in the UK.

To support this wonderful charity, you can donate here.


Congratulations to all of the deserving winners and finalists this year, and we are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting this event again in 2019!

Our team are already working towards how we can continue to improve both the nomination and awards process for next year’s event, and would welcome any thoughts or feedback on the process or support for the judging panel and awards committee.

Get in touch now to find out about sponsorship opportunities, or how you can nominate or get involved!


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:

The Blue Lights Digital Team at the International Digital Investigation & Intelligence Awards 2018

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