Issued By
North Yorkshire
County Council

THE ONE-YEAR-OLD CRIME-FIGHTER

DERIC is just one year old, but he's already become an accomplished crime-fighter.

In his very short life DERIC has already studied the equivalent of 4,000 MILLION pages of A4 text - what a fast learner!

For DERIC - Digital Evidence Recovery and Internet Crime unit - is tackling hi-tech crime right across the country as part of a dedicated team from North Yorkshire County Council's trading standards service.

The unit can undertake forensic examination of computers, mobile phones and other digital equipment such as cameras and personal organisers.

The forensic specialists employed within DERIC provide advice and help on a wide range of investigations to trading standards officers including seizure of computers, internet investigations and the examination of computers for false descriptions.

The DERIC laboratory has just completed its 100th investigation, these have involved examining 158 computers and analysing over 5,500 gigabytes of data which is equivalent to 4,000 million pages of A4 text as well as retrieving evidence from mobile phones and websites.

DERIC has worked for different local authority organisations from across the country helping uncover a wide range of criminal activities from benefit fraud, consumer fraud, frauds against businesses, product counterfeiting and the illegal sale of pornography.

Councillor John Dennis, the county council's executive member with responsibility for trading standards said: "The creation of the DERIC laboratory was a bold step, helped by funding from the Department of Trade and Industry. I'm delighted to see that within the first year of operation the unit has already undertaken a wide range of vital work. This has helped trading standards services and other regulators combat the increasingly sophisticated criminals who prey on consumers and legitimate businesses."

13-3-'03

Contact: Richard Flinton on 01609-766410

Executive member: Councillor John Dennis (Con) 01609-883349

Group spokespeople: Councillor Mrs Caroline Seymour (Lib-Dem) 01642-710382, Councillor Steve Shaw-Wright (Lab) 01757-708849