Digital Evidence Collection Training (D.E.C.T.)
This course was developed by electronic crime and digital evidence Subject Matter Experts from academia,
criminal justice and the private sector to provide State and Local Law Enforcement with the knowledge and
training that will need to recognize and identify digital evidence, the relevance of digital evidence to an
investigation and the variety of devices that can contain or constitute digital evidence. Successful
investigations and prosecutions involving digital evidence hinge on the actions taken at the inception of the
case which frequently includes the collection of digital evidence. In cases being prosecuted around the
country, the introduction of digital evidence into criminal proceedings is becoming more prevalent. The use
of computers or other devices to commit or facilitate crime continues to increase at an escalating rate. It is
critical to ensure that all personnel understand and are trained to secure and collect digital evidence which
may include computers, cameras, cell phones, and a wide variety of digital media that may contain valuable
information that may be used in successful prosecutions leading to convictions.
This course will provide all criminal justice personnel with concentrated training in the identification of the
many different types of media and devices that store digital evidence as well as the proper collection,
handling and storage of that digital evidence.
Upon successful completion of the course and proficiency test, a Training Certificate is issued and each
Detective, Investigator, Officer, Evidence Technician or Supervisor will be qualified to testify that he or she
has been properly trained in Digital Evidence collection.
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