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Inside look at Nova Scotia RCMP’s Technological Crime Unit’s mobile lab

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Nova Scotia RCMP let the public see its equipment and gadgets up close on Wednesday. Global’s Steve Silva shows us one truck that’s helping reduce investigation time – May 18, 2016

Nova Scotia RCMP’s trucks and gadgets were on display at its headquarters in Dartmouth on Wednesday as part of National Police Week.

Visitors could go inside the Technological Crime Unit’s mobile lab.

It’s a truck with a camper-like attachment that is taken to properties where officers execute search warrants.

“We can get information from cellphones, computers, tablets – any form of technological items that’s in the house,” Cst. Todd Bromley said.

Cst. Todd Bromley said the Technological Crime Unit’s mobile lab helps save time in investigations. Steve Silva / Global News

He said Nova Scotia was the first province in Canada this kind of lab was used in.

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Inside, there is a device that can retrieve information from hard drives without introducing information into them, and another that can access text messages on phones.

Much of Bromley’s time in the lab is spent helping the Internet Child Exploitation Unit.

“Certain types of data can only be retrieved in a split second of time, so time is of the essence. With the mobile lab we have here, we’re able to assist on the spot,” he said, adding that the lab can reduce forensic time on cases by hours.

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