TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Breaking down cyber forensics may be easier in the courtroom, thanks to a new unit made up of law enforcement agencies in Tippecanoe County.
It's not hard to think of all the technological devices that are changing constantly. Between cell phones, computers, tablets and software systems, the list is endless. That's why Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington said there is a need to search through those devices in an efficient manner.
"Every time a manufacturer comes out with a newer device, that's a new software platform that has to be understood by our digital technicians to be able to retrieve information stored there," said Harrington.
Harrington said detectives from the Lafayette and West Lafayette Police Departments, the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office, and the prosecutor's office make up the new High Tech Crime Unit.
He said there was a need for the unit for cyber forensics during trials. He said information straight from devices can help prove cases.
"The device is neutral. It's not for or against the defendant or the state. It's what the device, someone put in and stored and it is what it is," said Harrington.
Harrington said cell phones and texts messages played a key role in several trials last year. He said his office manually searched through 8,000 text messages for the Edward Zaragoza murder trial. He said the unit will help cut down on manpower and time.
"If we have our own trained investigators who have software or have access to it, we may be able to download all that hard, raw data and set up parameters on it. We are looking for these phone numbers. It can extract that information in a very timely manner," said Harrington.
The High Tech Crime Unit is in the process of formalizing a partnership with Purdue. Harrington said that partnership will provide more expertise and access to the newest research and technologies on the market.
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