Take your learning on the road, or stay off the road and learn at your desk! Either way, podcasts are a convenient way to hear about something new. We have a few here that we think will inform and inspire you.
High-Tech Crime Investigations
This podcast was recorded prior to the death of TLO founder Hank Asher. While some of the statements made in this podcast may no longer be the case, we still think it is a worthwhile listen for those wanting to hear about how the TLOxp® Online Investigative System works. TLO has since been acquired by TransUnion.1
Guest: Bill Wiltse, Security Director, Law Enforcement Systems, TLO
Knowing where to look and how to search is the first step to conducting a successful online investigation. Law enforcement investigators need to know how to choose the best search tools and sites to obtain the best information possible. Listen as we pare down the field to a select few sites—some paid and some free—that will help investigators focus on finding the information they need.1
Guest: Nicole Bocra, President, Infinity Investigative Solutions
Being able to find relevant information in a timely manner during an investigation is critical. Investigators first need to know the basics of Internet searching and be familiar with the tools they are using. Then they need to know how to ensure their results are relevant and how to validate the information. Listen as we focus on a few select tools that help law enforcement investigators. And then hear why investigators should take advantage of publicly available information on social networking sites.1
Guest: Cynthia Hetherington, President, Hetherington Group
Knowing what tools are available to capture the digital data collected in an investigation is crucial. A wide variety of tools are available, but investigators must first understand what their organizational and individual needs are. Doing so will help them select products that meet their specifications. Hear about data capture and storage, and learn why developing an organizational policy surrounding digital evidence is the first step every agency should take.1
Guest: Todd Shipley, President & CEO, Vere Software
Justice Information Sharing
Operational since March 2008, the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx) System was developed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division and is an investigative tool to exchange criminal justice information across disparate local, state, tribal, and federal justice systems.
This two-part podcast was created in 2009, when N-DEx was in its infancy. Since that time, some of our nation’s 18,000 law enforcement agencies have begun submitting data to the system. Undoubtedly much of that data has helped solve crime and reduced victimization. For agencies that are still not participating in N-DEx for whatever reason, this podcast still holds value. Listen as these top cops share their take on how they got their jurisdictions into N-DEx and how they wouldn’t have it any other way.2
Guests: Chief Mark A. Marshall, First Vice President, International Association of Chiefs of Police; Pam Scanlon, Executive Director, Automated Regional Justice Information System; Deputy Chief Christopher M. Moore, San Jose (California) Police Department; Captain Scott D. Edson, Los Angeles County (California) Sheriff’s Department
In 2012 we sat down with some N-DEx outreach liaisons to get an update on the system. They discussed some highlights: Access had been expanded to probation/parole, courts, prosecutors, medical examiners, dispatch centers, and other criminal justice agencies. They also touched on some lowlights: Some agencies were still not participating, mainly due to technical and financial challenges. But they also offered possible solutions to those agencies. If you still need to learn more about N-DEx, it’s worth your while to listen to this podcast.3
Guests: Chris Brown, N-DEx Outreach Liaison, International Association of Chiefs of Police; Supervisory Special Agent Michael Haas, Unit Chief and Program Manager, N-DEx Program Office, FBI CJIS Division; Supervisory Special Agent Jeffrey C. Lindsey, N-DEx Unit Chief (former), FBI CJIS Division
Public Safety and Emergency Communications
The City of Phoenix and nearby jurisdictions in Arizona have been leaders in developing a standards-based, shared radio system for critical communications. Learn about lessons gained in managing an advanced communications system of its lifecycles.4
Guest: Jesse Cooper, Communications and Information Technology Project Manager, City of Phoenix, Arizona
Are you facing a large, expensive project to upgrade or install a new radio communications system? Learn how the City of Houston, Texas, managed the funding and finance challenges of one of the largest public safety radio projects in the country. Hear how they dealt with funding the project from multiple grant and internal funding sources.4
Guest: Tom Sorley, Deputy Director of Radio Communications Services, City of Houston, Texas
State-of-the-art radio communications systems have helped improve the abilities of public safety to respond to emergencies large and small. Learn how the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, and its surrounding partners improved communications interoperability through developing and using a regional communications plan following Hurricane Katrina.4
Guest: Ken Hughes, Regional Communications Planner, City of New Orleans, Louisiana
The State of Missouri undertook an extensive project to modernize several of its criminal justice systems used by both state and local agencies. Learn how project planning helped transition from concept to operation.4
Guest: Cliff Gronauer, Chief Information Officer, Missouri State Highway Patrol
The State of New York received a COPS grant to develop a statewide criminal incident database based on National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) standards and integrated with federal, local, and other state systems. It will ensure that incident information meets state fusion center and FBI N-DEx program needs.4
Guest: Christine Tyler, Project Director, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
The City of San Francisco, California, received a COPS technology grant to continue build-out of the Bay Area radio network. Jurisdictions in the region, considered one of the nation’s “Super UASIs” or Urban Area Security Initiative regions, are working cooperatively to expand and link radio systems. The region is considered to be at the forefront in partnering and developing interagency agreements for shared systems.4
Guest: Laura Phillips, Executive Director, Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative, California
The City of Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads area in Virginia were part of the first regional consortium to develop a 700MHz P25 regional shared radio system which is called ORION, the Overlay Regional Inter Operability Network. Our guest shares how the region developed a Tactical Interoperable Communications Plan (TICP) and Regional Field Operations Guide (RFOG) as foundational pieces and coordinated user training for the new system.4
Guest: Sgt. Bob Christman, Virginia Beach (Virginia) Police Department and Chairman, ORION Advisory Group
The Fargo Police Department received a COPS technology grant to deploy a regional computer aided dispatch and records management system. Learn about the steps taken to build this CAD/RMS, which is the first consolidated effort of its kind in the nation. The Red River Regional Dispatch Center (RRRDC) works under a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) between North Dakota and Minnesota, and serves all of the law enforcement, fire, and medical response in two counties in these two states.4
Guest: Capt. Tod Dahle, Support Services, Fargo Police Department, North Dakota
Kitsap County, Washington, is a key participant in a project funded by a COPS technology grant to connect agencies on the western side of Puget Sound to shared data systems. The Bremerton Police Department received the grant in partnership with Kitsap County, other municipal jurisdictions, and two Indian nations. This podcast focuses on steps taken to replace an agency-owned wireless data network with commercial services.4
Guest: Lt. John Sprague, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Washington
Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is a brand name for emerging and developing technologies that comprise the existing 3rd and 4th generation networks for wireless communications of high-speed data. The goal of LTE is to increase the capacity and speed of wireless data networking using cutting-edge hardware and software and techniques that have been developed. The Charlottesville Fire Department is a recognized leader in Virginia and has developed practical applications using broadband technology. The region has conducted several trials with multiple broadband vendors and shares those results in this podcast.5
Guest: Chief Charles Werner, Charlottesville Fire Department, Charlottesville, Virginia
The Project Management Institute (PMI) defines a project manager as the person assigned by the performing organization to meet the project objectives. Project Management (PM) is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements. It’s common to assign someone to the project management task for factors other than PM skills and abilities. This is a landmine waiting to go off. In this podcast, our guests explore the adverse impacts of assigning an accidental project manager and provide best practices for achieving project success in a world where budgets are tight and project success is more critical than ever.5
Guests: Ramona Patts, Support Services Division Administrator, Department of Public Safety, City of Columbus, Ohio; Brad Stoddard, Alternate Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, State of Michigan
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refers to “standard operating procedures” (SOPs) as formal written guidelines or instructions for emergency management that detail how equipment and resources should be consistently and effectively used. This podcast explores the importance of cooperation and user involvement in developing SOPs to manage and coordinate interoperability resources and how these SOPs support interoperability planning and management. Our guest shares experiences and challenges faced when developing SOPs. He also shares the lessons learned and best practices that can help you successfully develop and adhere to SOPs for use across a range of emergency and planned events at the state, regional, and local levels.5
Guest: Chris Suter, Communications Chief, Contra Costa Fire Protection District, California
Establishing and managing the Incident Communications Center, assessing current tactical communications equipment needs, and participating in incident planning needs are just a few of the roles and responsibilities that make the COMU a vital part of any incident. This podcast explores the COMU within ICS and identifies training opportunities for unit-specific positions. Our guest discusses challenges that can impede communications, and shares information on tools and best practices that can help overcome these challenges.5
Guest: Gary Parker, Battalion Chief and Program Manager, Fort Worth Police Department, Texas
The DHS Security Office of Emergency Communications refers to system lifecycle planning as the sum of all recurring and one-time nonrecurring costs over the full lifespan or a specified period of a service structure or system. It includes purchase price, installation costs, operating costs, maintenance and upgrade costs, and remaining residual or salvage value at the end of ownership or its useful life. This podcast explores the importance of lifecycle planning as part of project planning for public safety communications projects. Our guest shares experiences and challenges he faced when lifecycle planning did not occur. He also shares lessons learned and best practices that can help you successfully prepare and adhere to lifecycle planning processes.5
Guest: Capt. Paul Wilson, Commander, Information Technology Division, Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Arizona and project sponsor, Pima County Wireless Integrated Network (PCWIN)
1This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement #2009-BE-BX-K030 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Points of view or opinions expressed in this podcast are those of guests and moderators, and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
2This project was supported by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Points of view or opinions expressed in this podcast are those of guests and moderators, and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
3This project was supported by Grant No. 2010-DJ-BX-K047 awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Points of view or opinions expressed in this podcast are those of guests and moderators, and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
4This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement #2007-CK-WX-K002 by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Points of view or opinions expressed in this podcast are those of guests and moderators, and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
5This project was supported by Grant Number 2010-PD-124-000001 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications. The views and conclusions expressed in these podcasts are those of guests and moderators, and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Mr. Andrew T. Owen is Director of Information Sharing Programs for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he oversees SEARCH initiatives to support justice and public safety information sharing nationwide. These initiatives focus on providing direct assistance to federal, state, local, and tribal organizations to improve their use of technology, information sharing, and communications interoperability in mission-critical projects. Initiatives include consultation and facilitation, strategic planning for information sharing and technology deployment, architecture development, business process modeling and analysis, service specification development, performance management, voice and data integration planning, application of technology standards, and developing effective governance and funding models.
Since joining SEARCH in 2006, Mr. Owen has worked on multiple projects focused on integrated justice information systems planning and implementation, including the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), the Global Reference Architecture (GRA), and the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM®). He has provided programming and configuration assistance, consultation on implementation architecture, training, technical assistance, and research to jurisdictions nationwide in planning and implementing information sharing solutions, as well as developing information sharing standards and technical architecture. He has also played a key role in supporting members of the Open Justice Broker Consortium (OJBC).
Mr. Owen formerly was Lead Systems Analyst for the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center–Northeast (NLECTC-NE). In this role, he provided information sharing technical assistance and consulting services to many state and local law enforcement, courts, and corrections agencies.
Mr. Owen is experienced with JIEM, NIEM, and the IEPD development process. He has supported a number of Global and NIEM efforts, including developing corrections-related reference IEPDs, the New York State in-state Rap Sheet IEPD, California Courts IEPDs, , and several incident reporting projects that leverage the FBI’s Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx) IEPD. Mr. Owen regularly serves as a presenter at conferences to discuss information sharing approaches and methodologies and has authored technical briefs on JIEM, NIEM, Web Services, XML, and related topics. He has led the policy and technology aspects of establishing identity management federations, using the GFIPM (Global Federated Identify and Privilege Management) guidelines and open source software, at the state level, allowing integrated justice initiatives to improve security while providing practitioners with seamless access to information.
Mr. Owen also has provided support to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global). He participated on the Global Tech team and its XML Structure Task Force (XSTF), is actively involved in NIEM curriculum development, and is a NIEM training instructor. He has developed training materials, provided training to local and state justice agencies, and instructed at NIEM “train-the-trainer” events. In 2011, he was appointed co-chair of the NIEM Technical Architecture Committee (NTAC), representing state, local, and tribal organizations. Since becoming co-chair, he has played a lead role in establishing a Unified Modeling Language profile for NIEM and in developing the NIEM 3.0 technical architecture.
Mr. Owen has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Networking and Systems Administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. He has achieved SEARCH JIEM certification and is a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM).
Mr. Timothy Lott is Director of the High-Tech Crime Training Services Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. He oversees a national program that provides expert technical assistance and training to local, state, and federal justice and public safety agencies on successfully conducting electronic crimes investigations.
These courses focus on teaching how to investigate Internet and computer crimes, online child exploitation, cellular devices, and social networking sites, and the proper search and seizure of home and small office networks. The High-Tech Crime Training Services team led by Mr. Lott also provides hands-on assistance in systems security and computer forensics.
Mr. Lott joined SEARCH in 2010 as a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist. He coordinated and provided training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics; provided technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases; prepared training curricula; and presented at conferences throughout the United States. He was promoted to his current position in 2011.
Mr. Lott previously worked for 6 years as a Deputy Probation Officer for the Sacramento County (California) Department of Probation, and another 2 years as a Probation Assistant. He was assigned to the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, and helped conduct multijurisdictional investigations involving white-collar crime, organized crime, crimes against persons, and fraud when high-technology or identity theft is a factor. He also supervised a caseload of adult and juvenile probationers.
His assignment on the Task Force required him to conduct probation compliance checks on offenders who had been convicted and placed on probation for offenses involving the possession of child pornography, stalking via social networking sites or cell phones, and identity theft. In August 2009, Mr. Lott was cross-designated as a Special Deputy United States Marshal.
Mr. Lott is a member of the American Probation and Parole Association, American Criminal Justice Association, and High Technology Crime Investigation Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from California State University-Sacramento. He is a certified Instructor through the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation / Instructor Development Institute (ICI/IDI).
Mr. Justin Fitzsimmons is a Program Manager in the High-Tech Crime Training Services (HTCTS) department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. He helps coordinate training with law enforcement agencies, prepares budgets, oversees the HTCTS project staff, and develops high-tech crime training projects for justice, public safety, and homeland security agencies nationwide. He also conducts legal, policy, and regulatory research, prepares white papers, and provides assistance and instructional services to justice, public safety, and homeland security agencies, particularly in digital evidence recovery, investigation, and prosecution.
Mr. Fitzsimmons is conducting a national research effort to determine the current capabilities of law enforcement to investigate crimes with digital evidence and make recommendations to decision-makers about resources to assist law enforcement. He also presents at conferences and trainings, participates on advisory committees and task forces, and supports agencies and jurisdictions as they create and implement effective procedures, practices, and technology applications that seek to combat high-tech crime and recover digital evidence.
Before joining SEARCH in 2012, Mr. Fitzsimmons worked for the National District Attorneys Association, where he was Senior Attorney for its National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse beginning in 2009. He responded to requests for assistance in child sexual exploitation cases from prosecutors and law enforcement around the United States, designed and presented training seminars, and published articles on emerging technological issues in child sexual exploitation. From 1998–2009, he was an assistant state’s attorney (ASA) in the State’s Attorney’s Offices for Kane and DuPage Counties, Illinois, where he prosecuted cases involving sexual exploitation and digital evidence. As an ASA for Kane County, he supervised the Special Prosecution Unit, responsible for investigating and prosecuting felony cases, including Internet crimes against children. He was also assigned to a Child Advocacy Center team that investigated and prosecuted cases of severe physical and sexual abuse against children, crimes of Internet solicitation of children, and child pornography. As an ASA for DuPage County, he worked in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau and the Felony Domestic Violence Unit.
Mr. Fitzsimmons frequently presents and teaches at international, national, and regional conferences, workshops, webinars, and training courses on digital evidence collection, computer forensics, crimes against children, cybercrime, and human trafficking. He has published articles on digital evidence authentication, computer forensics for prosecutors, child sexual exploitation, and more. In addition, he has drafted legislation that was signed into law in Illinois on several technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation issues from 2006–08.
Mr. Fitzsimmons was a member of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) National Strategy Working Group on Child Exploitation and co-chaired its Training Subcommittee. He also participated in the DOJ Office for Victims of Crime Working Group on Restitution for Victims of Child Pornography, the FBI Innocence Lost Working Group, and the Internet Child Exploitation Task Force. He has served as faculty of the National Children’s Advocacy Center, Huntsville, Alabama, and for the North-East Metropolitan Regional Training Center, Police Training, Aurora, Illinois.
Mr. Fitzsimmons is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University in Ohio.
Mr. Armstrong is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics to local, state and federal justice agencies. He provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula, teaches SEARCH investigative courses and speaks at conferences throughout the United States.
Before joining SEARCH in 2008, Mr. Armstrong was a System Specialist at Fox Valley Technical College, where he assisted with the management of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) International Database Network.
Mr. Armstrong retired from the San Diego (California) Police Department in 2006 after more than 27 years of service. When he retired, he was Lead Investigator for the ICAC grant in San Diego County. In this role, he was involved in both proactive and reactive investigations, forensic investigations, computer maintenance, office network and networking hardware, and grant financial planning. Immediately prior to his ICAC assignment, he spent 6-plus years as a Child Abuse Investigator, investigating every type of child abuse, up to and including child homicides. In 2007, Mr. Armstrong was the recipient of the United States Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award for a San Diego Police investigation.
Mr. Armstrong has taught numerous high-tech crime and law enforcement courses, to include Child Abuse Investigation, Sex Crimes Investigation, and Trends in High-tech Crime for universities, colleges in San Diego County, as well as the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Academy.
Mr. Armstrong has earned certifications in White Collar Crime, Child Abuse Investigation, and Auto Theft Investigation from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI), and is a certified Instructor from the ICI’s Instructor Development Institute. 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, and after completion of Officer Candidate School, as an Officer in the California Army National Guard, Armor Branch.
Mr. Lewis is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations and digital forensics to local, state, and federal justice agencies. He provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula, and speaks at conferences nationwide.
Before joining SEARCH in 2012, Mr. Lewis served for 23 years with the Lakewood (Colorado) Police Department, most recently as its Forensic Computer Analyst. He ran its forensic computer lab and was responsible for all aspects of digital evidence, from collection through analysis. He also was a Police Imaging and Technology Specialist, which involved analyzing images and creating imaging policies. He was a Police Photo Technician/Criminalist, operating and managing the department’s photo lab and conducting forensic imaging for its crime lab. He was also System Administrator of the department’s Mugshot System.
Mr. Lewis earned an associate’s degree in photography from Colorado Mountain College and a Computer Forensics Certificate from Marshall University (West Virginia). He is also a certified Instructor through the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST). He has undertaken multiple computer forensics trainings, including forensic photography and technology, crime scene investigation, digital imaging, electronic/digital examination, data recovery and analysis, and computer crime investigations.
Mr. Lewis 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 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.
Mr. Lewis has provided consulting and training to agencies nationwide on techniques and procedures for conventional and digital imaging and analysis. He is a frequently published author on computer and digital forensics topics, and has presented at conferences, cybercrime summits, and trainings held by forensic sciences, computer evidence, and identification organizations. He writes a Forensic Bytes column for Digital Forensic Investigator News. In addition, he has been a court-qualified expert in forensic photography, video analysis, and computer and cell phone analysis for district courts in Jefferson County, Colorado, since 2002.
Mr. Lewis is a member of the International Association for Identification (IAI); the National Technical Investigators Association (NATIA); and the Digital Evidence Committee of ASTM International, a global standards organization. He is Past President of the Colorado Association of Computer Crimes Investigators (CACCI). He is also an appointed member of the FBI’s Scientific Working Group for Digital Evidence (SWGDE), which fosters cooperation among law enforcement agencies and recommends national standards and procedures within the forensic community. He has served as its Vice-Chairman and has chaired its Forensic Committee.
Ms. Elizabeth Tow is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where she coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics to local, state and federal justice and public safety agencies. She provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula, teaches SEARCH investigative courses and speaks at conferences throughout the United States.
Before joining SEARCH in 2010, Ms. Tow spent five years in local law enforcement in two states, as a Public Safety Dispatcher for the Grass Valley (California) and Helena (Montana) Police Departments. She gained experience in curriculum development and training and Internet Crimes Against Children peer-to-peer investigations. She is a Certified Trainer in the California Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (CLETS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Incident Management System/Standardized Emergency Management System (NIMS/SEMS). She is a Peace Officer Standards and Training-certified Public Safety Dispatcher in both California and Montana, and has received POST training in such areas as law enforcement response to terrorism, child abduction intervention and resource training, and domestic violence and sexual assault for dispatchers.
While working for the Grass Valley Police Department, Ms. Tow served as the CLETS Operational Trainer, the Communications Center CLETS Coordinator, and the Communications Training Officer. She also served on the department’s Recruitment and Retention Committee and Organizational Excellence Committee, and was a member and agency representative to the California CLETS Users Group.
Ms. Tow has additional experience as a Finance Assistant and Parks and Recreation Supervisor with the City of Grass Valley, in addition to a great deal of conference and training-related experience in the private sector beef industry from 1988–2005. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute and University and also studied Animal Science at Montana State University. In 2013, she earned a Masters of Forensic Psychology from Argosy University.
Ms. Tow is a certified Instructor through the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation / Instructor Development Institute (ICI/IDI).
Ms. Lauren Wagner is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where she coordinates and provides training on high-tech crime investigations and forensics to local, state and federal justice and public safety agencies. She provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula, teaches SEARCH investigative courses and speaks at conferences throughout the United States. She has also authored and coauthored various high-tech crime investigative guides, which have been published by SEARCH.
Ms. Wagner previously worked as a Research Analyst for SEARCH, focusing on research and development projects on integrated justice information systems planning and implementation using the Justice Information Exchange Model (JIEM™) tool. She also worked on managing the online state and local integration profiles as part of SEARCH’s justice and public safety Information Sharing Initiatives program.
Ms. Wagner first joined SEARCH in 2005 as a student intern. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Allegheny College, a master’s degree in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven (UNH), and a master’s certificate in Forensic Computer Investigation from UNH.
She also has her Network Plus Certification, and is a certified Instructor through the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation / Instructor Development Institute (ICI/IDI). In 2009, Ms. Wagner was awarded the California POST ICI Award for Excellence in Instruction. In 2011, she completed and was certified in the Intermediate Level (Level II) of the California POST IDI Master Instructor program. She then completed and was certified in the Advanced Instructor Development Level (Level III) of this Master Instructor program in 2012.
Dean C. Chatfield
Mr. Dean Chatfield is a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist in the High-Tech Crime Training Services department of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. He coordinates and provides training on digital evidence investigations and forensics to local, state, and federal justice agencies. He also provides technical assistance to justice agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula and other resource materials, teaches SEARCH investigative courses, and speaks at conferences throughout the United States.
Before joining SEARCH in 2013, Mr. Chatfield worked for the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) for 14 years, first as a computer crime specialist, then as a Supervisory Computer Crime Specialist. He presented basic and advanced cyber investigative and computer forensic courses to local, state, federal, military and international law enforcement agencies; researched computer forensics issues; and provided advice to law enforcement agencies in computer seizure and analysis. As Supervisor of the NW3C Computer Crime Section, he managed 26 computer crime specialists and 7 support staff and developed curriculum for 16 cyber and forensic courses. He researched existing and new technology to enhance the courses and managed software development of NW3C products, including PerpHound™. He was NCW3C’s liaison with Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit on various projects, including programming of MS COFEE versions 1.1.2 and 2.1 (Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor).
Mr. Chatfield has 25 years of experience in law enforcement. He was a Criminal Investigator for the Maricopa County (Arizona) Attorney’s Office for 13 years, where he conducted major felony investigations, including criminal enterprises, financial crimes, political corruption, and analysis of computers and computer-generated data. He also was Chief of the Mancos (Colorado) Police Department for 6 years, and began his law enforcement career as a Police Officer and Field Training Officer for the Phoenix (Arizona) Police Department.
Mr. Chatfield is a lifetime member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS), a nonprofit organization of volunteer computer forensic professionals dedicated to training and certifying practitioners. He has served on its Board of Directors, as well as its elected President and Vice President. As an IACIS instructor for 5 years, he developed training courses on computer crime investigations and the methodology for seizing and analyzing computer-based evidence. He is a Board member of the American Society of Digital Forensics and eDiscovery (ASDFED) and has been an associate member of the Scientific Working Group for Digital Evidence (SWGDE) since 2005.
Mr. Chatfield was the first person certified as a Computer Forensics Expert by IACIS in 1992. He was selected to train the Commercial Crime Bureau of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force and NATO Intelligence organizations on computer forensics. He also represented state and local law enforcement on the NIST Computer Forensic Tool Testing committee.