Digital Forensics

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Forensic examination of digital evidence is critical to the mission of the High Tech Crime Unit. Today’s digital devices are complex. They have exponentially increasing storage capacity and are encountered at a much higher rate than in the past. The workload created by these technological advances on our forensic examiners has vastly increased.

Digital Forensic Examinations are performed by Law Enforcement personnel inside our Unit. These investigators have received extensive training and utilize specialized equipment. Forensic examinations can take a few hours to several weeks depending on the storage size, content of the device(s) and the complexity of the data/extraction.

Forensic Examinations are coordinated for on-going investigations requested by Law Enforcement personnel who are conducting follow-up investigations. Two full-time forensic examiners are assigned to the High Tech Crimes Unit.

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High Tech Crimes Detectives investigate other cyber related crimes such as unauthorized access to computer systems. In today’s digital world, many crimes have a Hi-Tech component. High Tech Crimes Detectives work ID Theft as well as assist with forensic examinations of computers, cell phones and other various types of digital media.

Internet scams are generally classified as High Tech Crimes. These scams are generally perpetrated by suspects outside the U.S. Due to this obstacle our Unit does actively follow up on scams. Once it is found that they have international ties we contact our federal partners and report our findings to them. There are many people who are unwittingly the middleman for scammers, however these incidents rarely result in prosecution.