Don Lewis Joins High-Tech Crime Training Services Team

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Don L. Lewis
SEARCH welcomes Mr. Don L. Lewis, who joined our High-Tech Crime Training Services team on July 1.

As our newest High-Tech Crime Training Specialist, Mr. Lewis will coordinate and provide training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics to local, state, and federal justice agencies—particularly in Peer-2-Peer (P2P) and networking investigations and digital triage.

He will also 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.

"Don has extensive computer forensics experience, which will enhance the skill set of the team," said Mr. Tim Lott, Director of SEARCH's High-Tech Crime Training Services. "With the explosion in the use of social media and smartphones, as well as home networks, law enforcement agencies need training and help in the examining digital media in a forensically sound manner. Doing it the right way means that the data found can be properly identified, preserved, recovered, and analyzed. Don's law enforcement background and technical expertise will help SEARCH continue providing this type of expert training."

Mr. Lewis has more than two decades of law enforcement experience, all with the Lakewood (Colorado) Police Department.
  • For the past 9 years, he has been the department's Forensic Computer Analyst, where he was responsible for running its forensic computer laboratory and for all aspects of digital evidence, from collection through analysis.
  • From 2000-2003, he was the department's Police Imaging and Technology Specialist, supporting its conventional and e-photography needs, including image processing/analysis, creating law enforcement imaging policy, and overseeing photo lab design, operation, and management. He occasionally functioned as administrative manager of the Criminalistics Unit.
  • From 1989-2002, he was the department's Police Photo Technician/Criminalist, operating and managing its photo lab and conducting forensic imaging for its crime lab.
  • For the past dozen years, he also was System Administrator of the department's Mugshot System, and provided consulting to department personnel, as well as training to agencies locally and nationally on digital evidence and on conventional and electronic imaging techniques and procedures.

Mr. Lewis is a certified Instructor through the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST). He has taught numerous Lakewood Police Academy classes and at the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy in the Crime Scene Investigators course series. He also has taught law enforcement video analysis courses at Central Piedmont Community College (North Carolina), teaches cellphone forensics at the University of Colorado-Denver in the Master's Program for the National Center for Media Forensics, and is an adjunct instructor for the Computer Science Program at the Community College of Aurora (Colorado), teaching computer forensics.

Since 2002, Mr. Lewis has been a court-qualified expert in forensic computer analysis, cell phone forensics, and forensic video analysis for district courts in Jefferson County, Colorado.

Mr. Lewis earned an associate's degree in photography from Colorado Mountain College and earned a Computer Forensics Certificate from Marshall University (West Virginia). He has undertaken multiple job-related trainings, particularly in computer forensics, including forensic photography and technology, crime scene investigation, digital imaging, electronic/digital examination, data recovery and analysis, and computer crime investigations.

Mr. Lewis was appointed to the Scientific Working Group for Digital Evidence (SWGDE), an FBI-hosted body that fosters cooperation among law enforcement agencies and establishes recommendations for national standards and procedures within the forensic community. He served as Vice-Chairman of SWGDE from 2003-09, and has chaired its Forensic Committee.

In addition, Mr. Lewis is a frequently published author of columns and news articles on computer and digital forensics, and is a frequent speaker or instructor at conferences, cybercrime summits, and trainings held by forensic sciences, computer evidence, and identification organizations.