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How data analytics helped a California police department shave a year off an investigation

October 27, 2022

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of law enforcement cases now include digital evidence as part of the investigation, according to recent industry figures. Yet, it can take days or weeks for investigators to properly process and analyze the digital breadcrumbs on a single smart phone. Stringing together clues from an individual’s digital accounts — and making a case that can stand up in court — can take months or even years.

That’s why detectives and attorneys in a California homicide case were stunned when they saw how rapidly a data analytics platform widely used in cybersecurity circles from Splunk was able to dramatically reduce the time it takes to search through and analyze the mountains of digital evidence investigators now face.

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