Massachusetts Attorney General Hosts Conference to Focus on Seizure and Analysis of Digital Evidence

The SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services team will be an integral part of the 2014 National Cyber Crime Conference, which takes place April 28–30 in Norwood, Massachusetts. The event is hosted by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and is the only national conference of its kind to restrict attendance to national and international law enforcement agencies.

Law enforcement agencies face a continual struggle to keep up with changes in technology. For instance, often investigators don’t hear about a new piece of technology like a new chatting or picture-sharing app until it comes to them in a case.

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Summit on Child Abuse and Family Violence Will Target Collaboration as Key to Investigations

The SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services team is gearing up to present at the 2014 Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit, April 22-25 in Portland, Oregon. The event is hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Child Abuse Team and the Domestic Violence Enhanced Team (DVERT).

Known simply as the Summit, this event will bring together professionals working in the areas of investigations, interviewing, assessment, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. This multidisciplinary event is focused on collaboration and it will give these practitioners an opportunity to broaden their professional knowledge and gain an increased understanding of other agencies’ roles and responsibilities. 

Justin Fitzsimmons, High-Tech Crime Training Services Program Manager, and Lauren Wagner and Elizabeth Tow, High-Tech Crime Training Specialists, will present on these topics:

Digital Evidence in Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Cases Digital Evidence in Child Abuse Cases: Authentication, Hearsay and Best Evidence Rules Social Media Investigations: Searching Profiles, Saving Data, and Addressing Legal Considerations Becoming a Google Jedi: Save Yourself from Information Overload Investigative USB Apps I’m pleased that we have this opportunity to speak at the Summit on Child Abuse and Family Violence in Oregon.
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SEARCH High-Tech Crime Trainers Focus on Using Technology to Investigate Crimes Against Women

Every day in the U.S., more than three women are murdered by their intimate partners. Each year, over three million children witness violence in their home. More than one in three women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 

The stories behind these disturbing numbers will be the focus of the 2014 Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW), which will be held March 31–April 2 in Dallas, Texas. The event is presented by Genesis Women’s Shelter and the Dallas Police Department, and will provide relevant and timely training to those who respond to, investigate and prosecute crimes against women. 

The annual CCAW began in 2006.

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BJS Seeks Candidates for Justice Statistics Policy Analyst Positions

The Bureau of Justice Statistics, in the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice, is seeking to fill up to two Grants Management Specialist (GS-1109/11/12) positions. The positions function as a Justice Statistics Policy Analyst and perform a variety of grants management and analytical functions in the Criminal Justice Data Improvement Program unit. This unit administers the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP), the NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP), and the State Justice Statistics program for state Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs). 

Through these programs and other efforts, BJS provides technical and financial support to state governments in developing capabilities in criminal justice statistics and improving their criminal history records and information systems.

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BJA Announces Job Openings

The Bureau of Justice Assistance, in the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice, has announced the following vacancies. Applications for these positions are processed through an on-line applicant assessment system specifically configured for OJP applicants. The vacancy announcements for these positions are open to April 3, 2014. 

BJA funds and provides technical assistance to state, tribal and local criminal justice agencies. 

Job Title: Program Analyst

Series/Grade: GS-343-13
Job Announcement #: JP-14-033
Position supports the planning/development of criminal justice strategies/programs emphasizing the use of research/data; develops/manages solicitations; monitors training/technical assistance deliverables; and fosters partnerships with the field.

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SEARCH Offers Digital Evidence Instruction and Courtroom Guidance at National Symposium on Child Abuse

Professionals who work in the child maltreatment field require expert training to develop and enhance their skills so they can effectively combat child victimization, exploitation, and abuse.

Such instruction can focus on all aspects of child maltreatment— including physical and sexual abuse, neglect and exposure to violence, poly-victimization, intervention, and prevention—from experts in the medical, legal, law enforcement, and social work fields.

Next week, experts from across the country will offer their expertise at the 30th National Symposium on Child Abuse.

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SEARCH Chair Appoints Justice Technologist Daniel Foro to Membership Group

Dan Foro

Mr. Francis X. Aumand III, Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Safety and SEARCH Chair, has appointed Mr. Daniel M. Foro to the SEARCH Membership Group in an At-Large position. 

His appointment is effective March 7, 2014. 

Mr. Foro is Senior Advisor to the New York State Sheriffs Association Institute, where he helps provide education and training for Sheriffs and their staff. The Institute also serves as a liaison between the general public and the Sheriffs, and it operates the Sheriff’s Victim Notification Service and a summer camp for children. 


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Four SEARCH Members Serving on Security Clearance Task Force

Four governor appointees on the SEARCH Membership Group are serving on the Security Clearance Task Force, which was established in the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Congress passed and the president signed the NDAA into law in late December 2013. 

The task force is examining the process for security clearances, in particular analyzing obstacles to background investigators and clearance adjudicators who access needed data stored in state and local records.  The impetus for forming the task force was due, in large part, to discoveries about the security clearance process that came to light following the Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter cases. 

The task force’s recommendations are due to Congress in April. 

SEARCH Members serving on the task force are:

Captain Thomas W.
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SEARCH Holds March 11 Congressional Briefing on Criminal History Records

Congressional staff from both the House and Senate attended SEARCH briefings held March 11 on Capitol Hill to learn more about criminal history records and their use for noncriminal justice and civil purposes. 

The briefing held in the House of Representatives was hosted by the House Judiciary Committee and in the Senate, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) was the honorary co-host. Three SEARCH governor-appointees to the SEARCH Membership, SEARCH staff, and two FBI officials participated in the panel sessions. 

At the briefings, congressional staff learned how the rap sheet is accessed, shared, and used for decisions regarding employment, volunteer work, and work with vulnerable populations, such as children, the elderly, and the disabled.

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SEARCH Offers Advanced Skills as a Training Partner at Four Internet Crimes Against Children Regional Trainings

As a training partner for the national ICAC Task Force Program, SEARCH staff is presenting at four regional law enforcement training events in 2014, which are geared to law enforcement and social services professionals who work to protect children from online exploitation. 

Each three-day training event consists of lecture tracks and hands-on computer laboratory workshops. SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services staff has helped to develop training curriculum for these events and will deliver lectures and workshops at all four locations. 

The first event was held in early February in Garden Grove, California.

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