In today's world, a majority of the population use electronic devices to communicate in an effort to make their lives more productive and efficient. Criminals also use electronic devices to convey their illegal activities. Most State/Local Law Enforcement Agencies do not have the capability to examine and recover evidence from these electronic devices in a forensic manner that will be accepted by the courts. They must get with Federal agencies that have these capabilities. The Walker County Sheriff's Office is fortunate to have two (2) Criminal Investigators that have the ability to perform these examinations in a forensically sound manner. The training for these courses and certification is expensive and can be difficult. The Walker County Sheriff's Office has used grant funds that are designed around goals of combating Internet Crimes Against Children. Everyday in the United States children are sexually exploited by offenders and Walker County, Alabama is no exception. We are also fortunate to have Criminal Investigator Dayron Bridges who is dedicated to investigating sexual crimes against children, tracking sex offenders, and investigating sex crimes in general. The Walker County Sheriff's Office provides assistance to all law enforcement agencies in Walker County who have a need for digital evidence to be recovered. This is performed on a case by case basis depending on the needs of the agency and the availability of the Investigator.
Forensic Computer Analysts: Inv Tim Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Investigator Tim Thomas - Forensic Computer Analyst - received his training from the United States Secret Service National Computer Forensic Institute.
His training is as follows:
(BCERT 1003) Basic Computer Evidence Recovery Training , National Computer Forensic Institute taught
by the Department of Home Land Security in conjunction with United States Secret Service
(ISEE) Cyber Investigation 100 Identifying and Seizing Electronic Evidence, NW3C (National White Collar
(STOP) Cyber-Investigation 101 Secure Techniques for Onsite Preview, NW3C (National White Collar Crime
(BCIP) Basic Cell Phone Interrogation Program, NW3C (National White Collar Crime Center)
(GPSI) Global Position System Interrogation Program, NW3C (National White Collar Crime Center)
(BDRA) Basic Data Recovery Acquisition, Intermediate Recovery Acquisition, NW3C (National White Collar
(IDRA) Intermediate Recovery Acquisition NW3C (National White Collar Crime Center);
(OSINT) Open Source Practitioners Course, Department of Homeland Security;
(OSN) Online Social Networking (NCFI) National Computer Forensic Institute taught by the Department of
Home Land Security in conjunction with United States Secret Service