Case Study: Using Susteen’s Data Pilot 10 In Law Enforcement Investigations

Detectives from Lima PD discuss their experiences with the Data Pilot 10.

“Having been a detective for fourteen years, I immediately thought of interacting with witnesses and victims, and their apprehension to turn over their phones for days on end, and the expediency of being able to extract just the limited amount of data we need, that’s been pertinent to a case.”

“Data Pilot has been able to speed up our process. I have had a victim that would have been in an interview room: a lot of times I would know beforehand if we were going to need that information off of their phone, so I was asking for consent. They’d be more willing to give that phone to us knowing that it’s not going to take us long to extract that information. And then usually I’ll go and conduct the interview, and then at the conclusion, or shortly after, it would be completed and we could give that phone to them.”

“Prior to having the Data Pilot, it would take us a lot longer to get that information.”

“We’ve found that there are many situations with the Data Pilot 10 [where] it’s been useful. For example, we’ve had cases where the screen’s destroyed, or the display’s not functional: we’ve utilised the Data Pilot – the screen mirroring feature of it – to navigate through the device and capture the data that we need as pertinent to the case. We’ve had other situations where other mainstream products have been unable to parse a specific piece of evidence, and when we ran it with the Data Pilot we’ve captured images that many times are thumbnails. It’s artifacts, or remnants that are left, that the person thought they had deleted completely from the device, but we’ve been able to capture something that was used to confront a rapist, in one case, and that’s what got him to confess to what he did.”

“The Data Pilot: I can think of four or five [cases] off the top of my head, where having the Data Pilot sealed the case, to the point where it’s a guaranteed plea to the charges on very serious cases. Unless you have some very hard evidence to confront them with, getting an admission is very difficult, but being able to have that evidence to confront them with prior to the interview is huge. The cost of the device is miniscule compared to the evidence it recovered just in one case. This has been the one device that I see as an extreme value for what you get.”

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