During ICDDF 2017, Blue Lights Digital were proud to host the inaugural National Police Chiefs Council International Digital Intelligence and Investigations Awards.
The awards celebrated 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.
Before the event…
Despite being in their inaugural year, the International Digital Investigation and Intelligence Awards instantly saw an overwhelming response. More than 100 entries were submitted over the course of the nomination period, and the diverse range of applicants and organisations demonstrates just how critical Digital Investigation and Intelligence has become to law enforcement.
Each and every entry was first reviewed and then judged by an independent panel of strategic and operational subject matter experts, thanks to partnership and collaboration with a number of UK and international stakeholders.
During the event…
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 were given by:
- Stephen Kavanagh – Chief Constable of Essex Police. Senior Responsible Officer for the NPCC Digital Policing Portfolio and Chair of the Digital Policing Board.
- Dr Jamie Saunders – Director of Intelligence at the National Crime Agency
- Neil Beet – Managing Director of Blue Lights Digital
- Richard Berry – Chief Officer Lead / Senior Responsible Officer for the Digital Investigations and Intelligence Programme and the Communications Data Portfolio
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:
- CEOP Command, National Crime Agency – Recognised Contribution to Digital Ethics in Policing
- Hampshire Constabulary – Advanced use of Communications Data in an Investigation
- Lincolnshire Police – Significant Contribution in Developing the Use of Communications Data
- National Crime Agency – Intelligent Use of Forensic Triage in a Complex Investigation
- Operation Polarity Team, ERSOU – Use of Advanced Digital Forensics in a Complex Investigation
- Cleveland Police – Advanced Use of Cloud Data Sources in an Investigation
- Greater Manchester Police – the ACIA National Awards for Analytical Excellence
- Leicestershire Police – Intelligent and Advanced Use of Open Source Intelligence
- National Crime Agency – Use of Big Data Analysis in a Complex Investigation
- Operation Purple Obsidian Team – Tarian – Use of International Collaboration in a Complex Investigation
- Dyfed-Powys Police – Excellence in Management of a Digital Investigation Unit
- City of London Police – Digital Investigator of the Year 2017
Congratulations to all of the deserving winners and finalists this year, and we are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting this superb event again in 2018!
The 2018 event…
What a fantastic event the 2017 International Digital Intelligence and Investigations Awards was!
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!