In the modern world, technology continues to develop, this development is necessary for various industries, including police investigations. Thus, with the proper use of “smart” technologies, law enforcement agencies can predict, prevent and solve crimes.
This paper discusses the process of obtaining and identifying important information that digital devices located at the crime scene can provide the police investigation. After analyzing which, the investigating authorities conducting pre-trial investigations can use it to identify and catch criminals, and in the future even to prevent crimes from happening.
The issue of protecting privacy in the Internet era and the regulation at the legislative level of the work of investigative and law enforcement agencies in the field of digital technologies is touched upon.
As a result of the study, the author concludes that with the advent and introduction of “smart” technologies, increasing the professionalism of police officers requires constant updating of knowledge and skills, the exchange of innovative developments with specialists from other countries, mastering the latest methods, mechanisms, and tools for conducting forensic research.
Forensic investigators involved in crime scene investigations must be able to recognize and professionally retrieve hybrid (digital) devices to preserve possible information stored in them for further digital forensics.
Key words: smart technologies, digital devices, digital forensics, privacy, police investigation, forensic intelligence.