As part of Police Scotland’s commitment to its Policing 2026: Serving a Changing Scotland programme of work, the service has made significant investment in cybercrime, and through a programme of modernisation is developing a model to meet current and future demands.
Cyber kiosks will increase the cybercrime digital forensic capabilities for Police Scotland by offering a triage point in the examination process. Seized mobile devices will include those handed over voluntarily by victims and witnesses, as well as those obtained under the authority of a judicial warrant, statutory power or following a suspect’s arrest.
Steve Johnson, Assistant Chief Constable Specialist Crime and Intelligence, said, "Cyber kiosks provide specially trained officers with the ability to triage lawfully seized devices, reducing the number which are required to be forensically examined, and reducing the inconvenience to a witness or victim of retaining a device which, on later examination, has no evidential value.
"No data is retained by the kiosk. In situations where a large amount of specific data from set parameters is available, the device has the capability to copy this to an encrypted disc for later viewing.
"As part of our ongoing engagement ahead of deploying cyber kiosks across the country, we are developing our policy and procedures around their use."
Police Scotland will work with stakeholders to provide assurance around the intended use of cyber kiosks in advance of implementation. We are currently developing the policy and guidance for frontline officers and working closely with our Information Management team & Stakeholders to ensure use of equipment is lawful.
We are still in the initial planning phase and it will be some months before kiosks will be used by frontline officers.