New digital support officers appointed to aid serious and complex crimes
Sixteen digital support officers and a digital support coordinator have been recruited to support serious crime investigators in Suffolk Constabulary.
The roles have been carefully designed to ensure those recruited have advanced digital skills to enhance the quality of complex investigations, targeting serious criminals affecting our community. They add a cutting edge to the traditional policing skills of detectives and will work across the county.
The new officers will provide live-time support by working alongside detectives to capture the digital evidence that exists in investigations and ensure it is analysed and presented to bring offenders to justice.
The officers have undergone detailed and specific training to ensure they are equipped with the skills needed to perform their role in an ever-changing environment.
Detective Chief Superintendent Eamonn Bridger, head of Crime, Safeguarding and Incident Management, said: “This is an exciting opportunity as a result of significant investment and has been designed through listening to investigators about the biggest challenges they face around modern-day crime.
“The introduction of these highly trained individuals will have a direct positive impact on the workloads of detectives and professionalise the way in which we can handle digital evidence.
“This innovative approach has not been pursued in the same way in other parts of the country and shows the forward-thinking nature of the constabulary which should provide confidence to the public in Suffolk that we are tackling crime in the right way. I am confident that our new colleagues will quickly prove themselves and become an integral part of our policing family."
Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am absolutely delighted to see these new digital support officers in place. This recruitment has been funded through a significant investment from the policing precept increase which I proposed earlier in the year. The extra funding has also allowed us to employ an extra 29 police officers and invest in new technology.
“Policing needs to be a mix of expertise and it makes complete sense to complement the policing powers with digital expertise of these new support officers. I welcome all these new officers into the fold and look forward to hearing the results of this innovative way of working.”