The Computer Crime Section's expansion is being done at no cost to taxpayers. The funds are coming from asset forfeiture proceeds earned from the national
The Computer Crime Section has original jurisdiction and concurrent jurisdiction with local law enforcement to investigate and prosecute child exploitation crimes.
Details on the expansion
The section is outgrowing its small space and is renovating a 9800-square foot unused space in the attorney general's building to create a forensic lab that will be four times the size of its current home. The lab will house more computer servers with greater speed to analyze digital evidence. It will also have more hard drive storage space to store mirrored images of suspects' computers.
A larger lab will also allow the team's forensic examiners to physically take control of computer evidence and store it on site. Currently, agents and officers working cases must physically bring computer evidence to the attorney general's office where examiners copy the computer media while officers wait, which can take hours or even days. The original evidence is then returned to the officers for storage at their respective departments around the state.
Allowing the evidence to remain on site will free up the investigating officers to go back to work and will also give the forensic team access to the original evidence, should examiners need to inspect it further.
The mobile computer forensic lab will be used to assist in state, local, and federal investigations across
About the Abbott asset forfeiture money
Although the Abbott asset forfeiture money is the attorney general's office's to keep, Cuccinelli has been making plans for more than a year to use proceeds for grants to local police and sheriffs' departments to buy needed equipment such as bulletproof vests, tactical vehicles, and police cars. He has also requested that funds be set aside for continuing training for law enforcement and local prosecutors. Cuccinelli will be submitting more proposals asking Treasury to release additional funds for other law enforcement needs in the coming weeks and months. Per federal regulations, the forfeiture money must be used for law enforcement purposes.
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