New Model for Computer Forensics Debuts in Vermont
A ground-breaking new partnership between a college and law enforcement agencies is helping police process more digital evidence and fight cybercrime in Vermont.
The Champlain College Center for Digital Investigation, which received a $650,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, is enabling two new Champlain faculty members to work with federal, state, and local law enforcement investigators, performing digital investigations and adding capacity to law enforcement agencies in Vermont.
Based at the Burlington Police Department, these investigators sift through digital evidence found on computers, cell phones, iPods, and other digital devices so that crucial pieces of evidence can be applied to criminal investigations.
The professors also share their professional experience as they teach courses in Champlain’s Computer and Digital Forensics program.
The grant also enables the college to create online training opportunities that will be available to members of law enforcement in Vermont and across the country.
“Computer forensics and digital investigations have become an integral part of police work in the new millennium,” said Professor Gary C. Kessler, director of the new center. “Computers are now as much a part of the modern law enforcement officer’s daily routine as the baton, sidearm, radi, and handcuffs.”
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from AScribe Newswire (01/10/07).