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Date Responded 28 March 2019

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

Please can you tell me what your force's current backlog is in terms of the number of digital devices awaiting forensic examination?

In Response:

As of 18/02/19 we had 302 cases awaiting forensic analysis consisting of 999 exhibits.  This includes Computers, Mobile Phones, CD’s DVD’s Games Consoles, Hard Drives, Memory Cards, Media Players, Sim cards, Tablets, USB Flash Drives, and wearables. Obviously this number is dynamic and will change on a daily basis.

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