The Computer Forensic Unit is responsible for providing investigative support to officers and detectives by conducting examinations of computer, cellular phone and other digital or electronic related evidence recovered during the course of police investigations. Computer Forensic Unit detectives also provide technical support to officers and detectives for technical related aspects of investigations and they will conduct all investigations which are highly technical in nature. The Computer Forensic Unit also works closely with the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children (NH ICAC) Task Force to combat online child exploitation throughout the state.
Detectives in the Investigations unit are sub-divided by their specific assignment. The crimes include identity theft and hi-tech computer crimes. Detectives are assigned to the Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory and Regional Allied Computer Team.
The Detective Section is comprised of three sergeants and 22 detectives who investigate major crimes, financial crimes, and computer crimes.
The Criminal Investigation SectionÕs primary responsibility is to conduct the follow-up investigations of crimes that occur within the City. Examples of these investigations include financial crimes, computer crimes, and other serious investigations requiring intensive specialized or confidential investigation.
With three criminal investigators and two forensic investigators, the unit is responsible for investigating computer-related crimes ranging from fraud to child pornography.
The Financial Crimes Unit is responsible for investigating crimes in which a financial instrument is used by the criminal element. The Financial Crimes Unit works offenses of credit card abuse, identity theft, counterfeit or forged checks, false statement to obtain credit and counterfeit U.S. Currency cases (in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service).
The Computer Crime Unit (CCU) provides forensic and investigative services to NEMLEC agencies and other law enforcement agencies if/as designated by the Executive Board. The unit is also responsible for training police in computer crime investigations, providing community-based Internet Safety Training and investigating all forms of crimes facilitated by the use of high technology (computers) within our jurisdictions. The unit in Medford serves Middlesex County, and Peabody serves Essex County.
The ICAC unit is responsible for the investigations of sexual crimes against children that has an internet nexus. The unit is further tasked with investigating the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). The ICAC unit also provides computer and cellular phone forensics for the entire Criminal Investigation Division.
The Financial Crimes Unit partners with the Reno and Sparks Police department as well as the US Secret Service and the United States Postal Inspectors Service and Investigators from the State of Nevada in enforcement with the Northern Nevada Fraud and Identity Theft Task Force. The Financial Crimes Unit is part of the Washoe County SheriffÕs Special Operations/ Investigations Cyber Crimes section.
The Computer Forensic Unit at Norfolk PD is responsible for investigating computer-related crimes ranging from fraud to child pornography.