Until recently, UK police forces (including Leicestershire Police) had to rely on manual processes to share digital evidence with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). This involved copying evidence onto CDs, DVDs, USB drives and paper files, and then hand-delivering them to the CPS. Increased wait times for evidence in turn resulted in slower pre-charge and remand decisions.
This meant suspects could be released from custody before being charged. With new national requirements now mandating that all digital evidence be shared with the CPS electronically, many UK forces, including Leicestershire Police, are working with NICE to forge a better way.