SEARCH Welcomes New Training Services Staff

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Chris Armstrong
Mr. Christopher S. Armstrong joined SEARCH May 12 as a Computer Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics.

In this position, Mr. Armstrong will coordinate and provide training on high tech crime investigations and forensics to local, state and federal justice agencies. He also will provide technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepare training curricula, teach SEARCH investigative courses and speak at conferences throughout the United States.

"Chris brings to SEARCH an impressive background in law enforcement and, in particular, his investigation of Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)," noted Ms. Kelly J. Harris, SEARCH Deputy Executive Director and Acting Director of Training. "He was the lead investigator for 6 years on the ICAC grant in San Diego County. Importantly, he has established himself as a top instructor on high-tech crime investigation."

Mr. Armstrong previously was a System Specialist at Fox Valley Technical College, where he assisted with the management of the ICAC Data Network servers and software programs.

Mr. Armstrong retired from the San Diego (California) Police Department in 2006 after 27 years of service. He was Lead Investigator for the ICAC Grant in San Diego County from 2000-2006. In this role, he was involved in both proactive and reactive investigations, forensic investigations, computer maintenance, office network and networking hardware, grant financial records, software licenses and software upgrades. He was responsible for development and maintenance of various office database software programs, and training for law enforcement and civic public relation organizations.

Mr. Armstrong has attended more than 25 high-tech crime and law enforcement investigative training courses and has taught numerous Child Abuse Investigation courses and high-tech crime courses for universities, colleges, the San Diego Police Department and others.

Mr. Armstrong has received California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation Certifications for White Collar Crime, Child Abuse Investigation and Auto Theft Investigation. He attended National University, where he studied Administration of Justice; the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at Miramar Community College; City College of Chicago, where he became a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician; and Grossmont Community College, where he received his Associate's degree.

He served as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. Army; California Army National Guard; Officer Candidate Graduate; and was Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, Armor.