Senior Detective D.W. Seegers completed 40 hours of training in Digital Evidence Investigations (DEI) at the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) in Hoover, Alabama last week.
NCFI is operated by the United States Secret Service’s Criminal Investigative Division, the United States Department of Homeland Security, and the Alabama Office of Prosecution Services.
NCFI is a federally funded training center dedicated to instructing state and local officials in digital evidence and cyber-crime investigations. The NCFI was opened in 2008 with a mandate to provide state and local law enforcement, legal and judicial professionals a free, comprehensive education on current cyber-crime trends, investigative methods, and prosecutorial and judicial challenges.
State and local agencies benefit from a tuition free education. In addition, all travel costs, hotel and per diem are covered by the NCFI. In some of the forensic courses and intrusion courses, students are issued all the hardware, software, and licenses necessary to conduct these investigations. NCFI students receive the same equipment and software as the Special Agents trained by the Secret Service.
Detective Seegers became a member the United States Secret Service Task Force earlier this year and was nominated for training at NCFI by the Resident Agent in Charge from the Baton Rouge Resident Office.
35 law enforcement officers from 20 different states across the country attended the DEI training, including Seattle PD, Chicago PD, New York State Police, Maui Hawaii PD, Indiana State Police, and East Baton Rouge S.O.
Sheriff Aaron Mitchell is committed to seeking all available resources for his staff to receive the highest level of training possible. Sheriff Mitchell is thankful to NCFI and the U.S. Secret Service for the opportunity for his Detective to attend this training and more training in the future. Sheriff Mitchell commends Detective Seegers for his desire, passion and dedication to learn and explore the field of digital forensics investigations.
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