Digital Evidence Courses

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Electronic Crime Technology Center of Excellence (ECTCoE) has added new sessions of two digital evidence courses: Digital Evidence Collection Training and Computer Forensic Investigation Training (C.F.I.T.).

Digital Evidence Collection Training

This four-hour course was developed by electronic crime, digital evidence and criminal justice Subject Matter Experts from academia, law enforcement, and the private sector. This course trains State and Local law Enforcement to recognize and identify digital evidence, understand the relevance of digital evidence to an investigation and the variety of devices that contain or constitute digital evidence.

Computer Forensic Investigation Training

Examiners learn the concepts and techniques to perform digital evidence examinations manually, then employ those concepts and techniques in practical exercises that guide them step by step. This two-day hands-on training course teaches digital evidence examiners to locate information within data sets and analyze that information, processes that are automated by many computer forensic software tools and performed invisibly. Understanding these data storage and recovery fundamentals and the ability to perform these processes manually are the skills that distinguish the expert digital evidence forensic examiner from the computer forensic software operator.

Registration for these courses is free and open to state and local law enforcement. For more information, see the ECTCoE website.

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